Remembering U.S. Senator Arlen Specter

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Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Arlen Specter died on Sunday in Philadelphia of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  From 1966 to 1974, Specter was the Philadelphia District Attorney and in 1980 was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served for five terms.  He is remembered for having devised the “single bullet theory,” while serving on the Warren Commission charged with  investigating the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy and for his controversial role in challenging Anita Hill during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  Specter again made headlines in 2009, when faced with a strong GOP challenger,  he switched his allegiance to the Democratic Party and lost in the primary to Senator Joe Sestak.  In this hour of Radio Times, we’ll listen back to an excerpt of Marty’s interview with Senator Arlen Specter from earlier this year when he published his memoir, “Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising, and the End of Governing As We Know It.”  Then we’ll be joined by JOHN BAER, Daily News political columnist and PAUL KANE of the Washington Post.


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