April 28th, 2009
02:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Snowe calls Specter move 'devastating'

Sen. Olympia Snowe said the Republican Party never learned its lesson from the 'painful' party switch of Sen. Jim Jeffords in 2001.
Sen. Olympia Snowe said the Republican Party never learned its lesson from the 'painful' party switch of Sen. Jim Jeffords in 2001.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Olympia Snowe - one of the three moderate Republicans including Arlen Specter who supported President Obama's stimulus package - told CNN Tuesday that she has also been approached many times about becoming a Democrat, but that it hasn't happened for a while.

"I've been asked, but not recently," she said.

Snowe said the Republican Party never learned its lesson from the "painful" party switch of Sen. Jim Jeffords in 2001.

"For me personally and then for the party, its devastating," Snowe said of Specter's move. "I've always been concerned about the Republican party nationally, about their exclusionary policies towards moderate Republicans. That's not a secretly held view on my part."


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Sean

    I don't get why moderate or non-Bush/Cheney Republicans don't form a new party.

    April 28, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Thirdeye

    Keep digging that hole, Republicans.

    April 28, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. steve

    My brain farted. I'd like to retract my erroneous statement previously made. Except for the journalism is dead portion.

    April 28, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |