October 14th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Candy Crowley on Arlen Specter

(CNN) - CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley remembers ex-Sen. Arlen Specter as a man who "didn't suffer fools lightly."


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Arlen Specter dead at 82
October 14th, 2012
01:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Arlen Specter dead at 82

(CNN) - Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who embodied a dying breed of liberal Republicanism switching to the Democratic Party at the twilight of his political career, died after a lengthy battle with cancer, his family announced Sunday.

Specter died of complications from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma on Sunday morning at his home in Philadelphia, his family said. He was 82.

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Specter released from hospital
September 7th, 2012
03:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Specter released from hospital

(CNN) - Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania left a hospital in Philadelphia Friday after receiving treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to a statement released through his attorney.

The statement also said Specter would return to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital to receive periodic treatments for the disease, a type of blood cancer.
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Ex-Sen. Specter plans to win fight against cancer
August 28th, 2012
03:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Ex-Sen. Specter plans to win fight against cancer

(CNN) - Former longtime U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday he plans to win his fight against cancer.

A source close to his office said Specter was battling for his life early Tuesday after he was recently diagnosed with a "serious form of cancer." He had a "big flare-up" of the disease Monday night, the source said.

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Source: Former Sen. Specter ill
August 27th, 2012
10:46 PM ET
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Source: Former Sen. Specter ill

(CNN) - Former longtime Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter was battling for his life Monday after recently being diagnosed with a "serious form of cancer," a source close to his office told CNN.

Specter, who has overcome numerous serious illnesses over the past two decades - including a brain tumor and non-Hodgkins lymphoma - was diagnosed six weeks ago with the new form of cancer, the specifics of which are being closely held by his family.

Specter had "a big flare up" of the disease Monday night, the source said.

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April 5th, 2012
05:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Specter on Santorum: 'This campaign is over'

(CNN) – While Rick Santorum insists he'll pull a victory in his home state of Pennsylvania later this month, another former high-profile senator from the Keystone State said that won't happen.

"This campaign is over for Rick Santorum," Arlen Specter said Thursday of his former supporter. "There's nothing left of his candidacy."
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Filed under: 2012 • Arlen Specter • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum • TV-John King U.S.A.
February 24th, 2012
05:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Specter disputes Santorum account of support

(CNN) – Arlen Specter disputed on Thursday Rick Santorum's account of a conversation which Santorum said the two Senate colleagues had ahead of Specter's 2004 campaign for reelection.

At Wednesday's CNN Arizona Republican Presidential Debate, Santorum said he offered his endorsement of fellow Pennsylvanian Specter – which Republicans have criticized – after Specter offered assurances he would support President George W. Bush's judicial nominees. "Every nominee he supported, passed," Santorum said.
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Specter going to law school
January 5th, 2011
02:08 PM ET
4 years ago

Specter going to law school

(CNN) – The move from the halls of Congress to those of academia appears to be a popular one this year.

Former Sen. Arlen Specter has taken a new role at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, set to teach an upper-level course next fall on the relationship between Congress and the Supreme Court. The move comes on the heels of news former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold will teach at Marquette Law School next fall.
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Specter issues parting blow to Roberts, Alito
December 21st, 2010
12:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Specter issues parting blow to Roberts, Alito

(CNN) - Sen. Arlen Specter, the outgoing Pennsylvania Republican-turned-Democrat, directed a parting blow Tuesday to members of the Supreme Court's conservative bloc.

In his final speech on the Senate floor, Specter, the former GOP chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, chastised Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito for "eroding the constitutional mandate of separation of powers."

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August 3rd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
4 years ago

This day in Ticker history: Sestak expected to announce Specter challenge Tuesday

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on August 3, 2009.

Rep. Joe Sestak is expected to officially declare his candidacy for the Democratic Senate nomination.
Rep. Joe Sestak is expected to officially declare his candidacy for the Democratic Senate nomination.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Joe Sestak is expected to officially declare his candidacy for the Democratic Senate nomination Tuesday, setting up a primary season showdown with incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter, a source close to Sestak confirmed to CNN Monday.

Sestak's campaign said in a Twitter message Monday morning that the Philadelphia-area congressman will be making a "major announcement" Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. The announcement, which will take place at a VFW hall in his district, will be webcast live on his campaign site.

A Quinnipiac poll late last month indicated that Specter, who's received the public backing of President Obama and party leaders since his defection from the Republican Party this spring, had a 55 percent to 23 percent advantage in a hypothetical Democratic primary matchup – though his 20-point edge over prospective GOP challenger Pat Toomey had vanished.





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