May 6th, 2009
12:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Specter: I 'misspoke' on Coleman

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Pennsylvania senator said he 'misspoke' in an interview with the New York Times Tuesday when he voiced his support for GOP Sen. Norm Coleman."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Arlen Specter's recent switch from Republican to Democrat appears to have caused him some confusion over party loyalty.

The Pennsylvania senator said he "misspoke" in an interview with the New York Times Tuesday when he voiced his support for GOP Sen. Norm Coleman, who is locked in a recount battle with Democratic challenger Al Franken in Minnesota.

"In the swirl of moving from one caucus to another, I have to get used to my new teammates," Specter told CQ Politics. "I'm ordinarily pretty correct in what I say. I've made a career of being precise. I conclusively misspoke."

Questioned about who he's supporting in elections Specter responded, "I'm looking for Democratic members. Nothing personal."

Specter's comments came after an interview with the Times in which the Pennsylvania senator declared he is rooting for a Coleman win in the hotly-contested Senate race. "There is still time for the Minnesota court to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner," he told the magazine.

soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Take that GOP.

    May 6, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Pam

    This is exactly why I switched from Democrat to Indpendent! Party loyalty above country! I've got no use for Democrats, but then I've got no use for Republicans either!

    May 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    lol.... cya Specter.

    May 6, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Jason

    I'm glad I went Independent. This partisan crap is ridiculous.

    May 6, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Specter is a joke - pay to play Senator

    Specter is just like the former IL Governor who tried to sell Obama's senate seat. In Specter's case, he is paying the democratic party in order to win reelection - If this is the heart and soul of the Democratic Party and Obama's and their idea of change, bring back the GOP

    May 6, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Goverment is your Keeper

    No big deal that now you are a Dem. the medias newest sweetheart lover...

    May 6, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Scott the Independent

    And when you were told that you would not face another democrat in a primary – THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MISSPOKE AS WELL * SADDLE UP THE RACE IS ON.

    May 6, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. lovable liberal

    Another party of one.

    May 6, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Now as a dem, he would rather than justice not prevail in Minnesota.

    May 6, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Chas in Iowa

    This guy has been in the system to long.
    He doesn't even know what he supports as long as he's re-elected.
    He is one of the long term cronies we need to purge from our government.

    May 6, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Dems in for a surprise

    Democrats are in for a huge surprise. If Specter wins reelection as a Democrat, as this will be his last term in the Senate, he will feel very comfortable reswitching parties again back to the GOP. This is a masterful plan on the part of Arlen - and the Congress and Obama are buying into it hook, line, and stinker.

    May 6, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Tina, FL

    Oh, Arlen, where's the hole in floor when you need it?

    May 6, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Either you're an outright liar, Arlen Spector, or you forgot to take your meds. Which one?

    May 6, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. SLM

    Misspoke, is that the politicians new excuse when they are caught in a lie? Seemed to work for Hillary and Biden, why not Specter too. Time for this self serving politician to call it a career and retire. He doesn't know who or what he supports, other than himself.

    May 6, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Mississippi Mike

    He supports Coleman. Any sane person would. Who wants Stuart Smalley making policy decisions for you?

    May 6, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. DKJamaal

    Somebody get this traitorous clown out of the Senate. Toomey, Ridge, Stesak...anybody but Specter in 2010!

    May 6, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. J

    lol. Embarassing.

    May 6, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. obama/mama

    Hey we all make mistakes especially since he has been a Republican for such a long time....and you know how the GOP brainwash their members as those cult meetings. Give him time to get it together.

    May 6, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. fella from Chicago

    And you Dems thought John McCain was old and senile. Compared to Specter John is a young buck. Thanks for taking him off our hands. Don't fret though, Tom Ridge will take Arlen out during the next election and end his misery.

    May 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Bob in Pa

    So which is it Arlen;
    I'm lying to you now.
    – or –
    I lied to you before.

    May 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Rick

    I think he misspoke when he claimed he misspoke. He was truthful when he said he's rooting for Coleman. Nothing wrong with choosing a horse in that race, but between this party switch and the "misstatement" he's starting to look very unprincipled and erratic.

    The senator should announce that he will retire at the end of his term, and quit pretending to be someone he's not.

    May 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Luke Brown

    Look, Specter has a long record of public service, and for the most part, it shows him to be a man of principle. He has served the people who elected him in exactly the way he told them he would. He has not been involved in any scandals or serious lapses of judgment or character..

    Give him a break.

    We have a political system in Washington that insists that everyone be labeled. You have to take sides. You can't just be out there serving your people, you have to get into the power game and screw whatever team is out there trying to screw you team. If you don't, you will get screwed by your team.

    There is nothing easy about what he is trying to do.

    May 6, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Southerner

    Must be toguh trying to remember who's hineys he needs to kiss now. What a complete sellout.

    May 6, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Steve

    This Benedict Arnold also has Alzheimer's. The change we can all believe in, yeah.

    May 6, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Pam

    Why anybody would support that idiot Al Franken is completely beyond me, but then again this is the state that elected Jesse Ventura! I think I like being Independent. Washington was right when he talked about the danger of the two-party system. We need a strong third party real bad!

    May 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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