May 3rd, 2009
12:29 PM ET
9 years ago

Ensign vows GOP will take Specter down in 2010

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican Sen. John Ensign vowed Sunday that his party will make sure newly-minted Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter loses his re-election bid in 2010.

"I know as Republicans that we have some great candidates that we're recruiting out there," Ensign said on Fox News Sunday. "And we want to make sure that Arlen Specter is no longer in the United States Senate after the next election. We're going to work very hard to make sure that happens."

Pat Toomey, the former president of Club for Growth, has already announced his candidacy for the Republican primary in Pennsylvania. Some Republican leaders have also floated the prospect of recruiting other high-profile candidates to take on Specter next year.

Ensign called Specter's decision to defect from the GOP a "good wake-up call" and encouraged his party to recruit "kind of candidates who can win," even if they have some philosophical differences.

"I'm a conservative, but some people have wanted to have just all conservatives in the party," Ensign said. "But if you're going to be a national party and you're going to be in the majority in Washington, D.C., or in most states, you're going to have to welcome people who maybe vote differently, who look at issues differently."

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Lauren

    I am sure my comment will not get past the moderator, they have been blocking me for a while now.

    If by chance it does,,, anyone willing to take some bets here.

    I say there will be OVER 100 comments from liberals who have nothing better to do than toss out insults and stupid comments about Republicans.
    I am willing to bet there will be a majority of one liner comments calling Republicans names, and saying, just go away, and that they just do not get it.

    Anyoen want to bet,,,,, or should I say,,, you betcha I will be correct?

    May 3, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. debbie

    Will the Gang of Panderers never learn? "Take him down"? Is that like "smokin 'em out of their caves"? Give me a break! Americans don't want to hear about "taking people down". We want solutions. Only extremist nutjobs like that kind of talk.

    May 3, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Get Real

    I am an independent voter and I gotta tell you that both sides have made me sick to my stomach. Maybe if America can wake up(NOT LIKELY) and really research a candidate, we can get someone worthy of the elected position.

    May 3, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Memo to all the good. God-fearing “christians”:

    Please explain why you complain about America losing the moral compass as perceived by you Bible beaters?

    Were that to happen, all of you good “christians” would all be swept up in God’s “rapture”, oops I mean John Darby’s defined “rapture” my bad, but with the legions of rabid religious right gone, it would just be us heathens left to deal with plague, disease, pestilence and a number of those pesky Horsemen.

    However, if you are not here, then the vision of the High Priestess of Heathens, Belinda Carlisle’s proclamation that “Heaven is a Place on Earth” will finally come to fruition!

    Of course, after 7 blissful years, we would have to rejoin you religious fanatics and that by definition would indeed be Hell!

    May 3, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. mike

    Thank god we lost specter

    May 3, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. C Spurgeon

    Hate, hatee, hate the ne Republican slogan. Its a sicko party.

    May 3, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Adam

    Look for Tom Ridge to run against Spector.

    May 3, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. richard

    As long as obama gets impeached ill be happy worthless president does nothing for our country but makes speeches why don't you shake hands with all the anti usa terrorists sell out

    May 3, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Larry from RI

    And Specter will still get 70% of PA's constituency to vote for him.

    These guys just don't get it do they?
    Is it denial, unjustified optimism, lack of a true understanding of the problems at hand, gigantic egos, irresponsibility, hubris, naivety or just plain stupidity?

    May 3, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Had It

    Here we go again – party before country. Where's Sarah?

    May 3, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. gl, Pittsburgh

    Sorry to break the bad news, but this is a democrate state and I don't see that happening.

    May 3, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Denise

    Just sent money towards Arlen Spector's campaign. Everytime Limbaugh, Steele, or Ensign mentions him, I will send more.

    May 3, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Kevin


    YOU just don't get it.

    May 3, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Meredith

    Instead of revenge and stupidly standing in the same hole you dug for yourselves, and America!, try to reinvent yourselves as real people who care for our country instead of just ruining everything we stand for. Shame on you, Republicans have run us into the ground, now it's time to let them lie down in the graves they dug.

    My husband and I are proud to be Democrats, and we will elect Spector–he's done a great job, and it's too bad the republican door nails failed to recognise that.

    PS: It's still not too late to indict Bush and Bush buddies.

    May 3, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Sally

    I am not a Specter fan but when the Republicans start shouting like Ensign has done, I am prepared to donate to his reelection and I don't even live in Pennsylvania. The Republicans drove America into the brink and now insist that they know how to run the country. Talk about denial!!!

    May 3, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Wha dup?

    That's typical of the Repuplican behavior, always trying to dig a deep ditch for some opposing candidate, yet finding themselves falling in that same ditch wondering how they got there...Duhhh!!!

    May 3, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Operation Crush Rush

    Ensign just doesnt get it.Its over for the GOP.I just want to have the last shovel full of dirt for their rotton grave.

    May 3, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Cajun at heart

    You all fell for the the lie that is Obama but we will all pay for that down the road. Why wouldn't you be happy to have this turncoat? Spector does what is best for Spector without any core beliefs making him a perfect fit fo the Democratic Party You can have him. Remember it wasn't that long ago that the media was writing off the Democratic Party as becoming irrelevant. Politics is cyclical and given enough they will screw up. It took the Republicans 8 years to anger the electorate, my guess is that the Democrats will do in half that time or less.

    May 3, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Do these guys ever think before they speak? GOP is pushing themselves out of the mainstream and into crazy town. It's the GOP policies that people have rejected. Can't you fools realize this. What a bunch of idiots.

    May 3, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Maggie

    That traitor needs to be run out of the county not only the Senate. He is not fit to be in any office since he deflected to the "OTHER SIDE".

    May 3, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Mendel Peterson

    Scream all you want. The republican are now know as the party which will not denounce torture, war of aggression, assualt weapons, politics over science, fail moral courage....

    Republican need to clean their house and stop trying to defend a fail record of leadership for the past 8 years. Republican need to get back to basics but it requires the courage to speak out against the failure of the last administration.

    May 3, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. RUTY

    If you are going to take down Specter you better get some better ammo. You don't have it yet.

    May 3, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. snowdancer

    So that is the new face of the Republican party!...not so new after all?

    May 3, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. 'coiny'

    then you better get rid of those 200,000 new democrats ,that just switched to the dem party last election.

    May 3, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. JPT

    You, see. This is part of the GOP's big problem. Instead of hard and diligence in finding solutions to assure that our Nation has a strong and viable future, the Republican's objective for today is to destroy and annihilate any GOP SOB that doesn't fit their tired old brand of small-minded, racist, nature-hating, bible thumping bigots.

    The Progressive movement that truly evident and is ready to sweep the world has discombobulated the GOP's small-republican-mind set.

    Their days are numbered and they simply do not know what to do– and that just breeds more fear and hate.

    May 3, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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