April 29th, 2009
08:41 PM ET
13 years ago

Newly-Democratic Specter votes against Obama budget

WASHINGTON (CNN) - How independent is Arlen Specter?

He voted tonight against the final version of President Obama's budget blueprint - the same way he voted as a Republican.

Three other Democratic senators also voted against the measure: Sens. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

All Republicans voted no.

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. David in West Virginia

    So much for Arlen Specter being a Democrat other than in name. Ever heard of wolf in sheep clothing, then that's Arlen, darling. He's a joke and the Democrats of PA should see him for what he is and vote him out!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Duke

    Specter was my senator ever since I started voting> The Dems can have him he is an empty suit cares only about getting re elected. Did almost zero for our area. Met him a couple times while in wash. trying to get extra funding for cancer research totally blew us off> Guss we were not worth his time.( Not A Big Lobbyist).
    He can go drink his martinis with Teddy and slobber over each other.
    If your wondering Ive been a Democrat all my life, now ashamed to be one, and will be switching for the next election.

    April 29, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Make me sick

    He voted as he should. If more people had integrity we wouldn't be in the situation we are in. He voted how he felt was the correct way to vote. He didn't go by party line as too many people do. Just imagine if congress, the president and his administration all had integrity. This could be a great country again.

    April 29, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Make me sick

    vb- In case you didn't know. Muslims go to church or temple also. They are usually even more devout than Christains. They go to prayer 6 times a day everyday. So if you want to know where Barrack is, he likely in prayer. You do know he's Muslim, right?

    April 29, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. Charlie in Maine

    Ya know what? I disagree with his vote but I'm glad he felt free to vote against it.........Imagine the outrage from his old party if he had crossed that little tyrant W.Bush. We've got your back buddy- welcome to the Party. Can't wait for Supreme court vote* when it will really count.

    * I am hoping for retirements of course–not like that nut-job from Dixie who said he wanted a justice to die.

    April 29, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Ron Walker

    A+ because he's smart, he's caring, he listens and he has all the characteristics of a great leader. I am proud to have him as president.

    April 29, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Danny J

    Conspiracy theorists rejoice... he may be a mole!

    April 29, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Michael B

    I'm actually not surprised. If the Republican party is no longer what it was, it doesn't mean that you HAVE to be a Democrat. He's obviously doing it for self-preservation. My guess is he is going to vote the way he thinks will garner him the most votes.

    April 29, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. grandma6

    No vote for them on 2010

    April 29, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Nicholas Benyo

    Not happy vouting for Obama

    April 29, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. SLM

    Yeah, like he is a democrat or republican. Nobody should want this indecisive fool. He is an embarrassment to either party.

    April 29, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Jim

    Personally, I don't want anyone in congress to rubber stamp anything, ever. If a democrat doesn't believe a bill is the *best* available solution for a problem, they shouldn't vote for it.

    April 29, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Chilyt--Texas

    Republican party will soon be the minority party for a long time. Because minorities are finally waking up to the fact the the Republican party is a hidding place for those that are prejudice and wants American to remain the Anglo dominated country of the past. I truly believe in the American way of life and values, and are not afraid of others that look differently but share the same values. I wish the media would stop being bias and decribe to the Amreican public what " Conservative" really means. It means "to conserve" "to hold on to" "to keep thing as is". Well what is "as is", a dominated anglo society. Blacks and Hispanics that agree with the values on religion, familyu and country voted republican for their protrayal of those values. But what is in the dark shall come into the light. Now many are seeing the hipocracy and prejudice of the republican and are starting to no longer look the other way but are changing parties. The Democratic party will adjust and become more conservative, but still holding true to the thought of equality for all.

    April 29, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. gl, Pittsburgh

    All Republicans voted no.


    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Alex

    The only one in either chamber to make the right vote was Dennis Kucinich, who voted against the budget due to its inclusion of the Iraq/Afghanistan occupation costs... The rest of the budget probably isn't bold or big enough, but that's not why Specter or these other DINOs voted against it.

    April 29, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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