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. Tim

    What a spinless little twirp. He'll say anything to further his career. He doesn't hold a solid conviction in his entire body. He will fit in well with the other spinless twirps on the left side.

    May 6, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Tim

    Democrats throw the best circuses in the world.

    May 6, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Leo

    Some of us on the left don't embrace this bum. He sucks. I don't trust Specter. Throw him back to Boss Limbaugh's party.

    May 6, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. proud army navy mom

    Specter misspoke?

    Sorry specter, too much, too little, too late.

    May 6, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Randy

    He was against him before he was for him or wait...I think I was for him before I was against him???? Which way is the wind blowing and which position will get him re-elected? DISGUSTING! This is a perfect example as to why term limits need to be enacted to prevent professional politicians from running this country any further in the ground!

    May 6, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Frank

    Give him a break, it's not easy to go from Republican to Democrat. For one thing he'll need to get rid of that big red "NO" button on his desk and rewire the television so it picks up stations other than Fox News. He'll also need to give the ring back to Sauron.

    May 6, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Bob the Observer

    I hope the Pennsylvanians who have put this guy in office five times have more brains than he does. It scares me to think that there are, among the 99 or so members of the senate at the moment, those who cannot remember what they are for or against. And it scares me that, no matter the outcome, Minnesota is going to send one there that is equally incompetent.


    May 6, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Tim

    In case you missed it in other posts:

    While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who's hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.. Eventually the topic got around to Obama.

    The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Obama is a 'Post Turtle".
    Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.
    The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'.

    The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain. 'You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, and he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with'.

    May 6, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. get a grip

    absolute hypocrisy has taken integrity left to speak of .........
    and all you socialists are laughing. what a crying shame that all that was built is now the rotting of human kind.

    May 6, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |

    Still a rotten republican.

    May 6, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. worriedmom

    Democrats, you wanted him, you got him!!! heh,heh. Guess all you LIberals will claim he was waterboarded by the Republicans to side with Coleman.

    May 6, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Carley O'Brien

    Another demonstration of his senility. He probably did not mean to vote "FOR" the TARP either.

    May 6, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Dallas Independent - thank goodness

    @Dutch-Take that GOP – what a stupid entry but much of your stuff usually is. Arlen jumped ship, said stupid things, got stripped of his seniority then wants to take back what stupid things he said. Hmmmm, I see a vicious circle so typical of democRATS!! Can't believe he would believe Prince Harry – that was his second mistake. He's just a pathethic person looking solely out for himself – that much he has proved.

    May 6, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. WhoCares?

    How does one "misspeak" one's opinion?

    What a tool....The walls are crumbling.

    May 6, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. WhoCares?

    "This is a masterful plan on the part of Arlen — and the Congress and Obama are buying into it hook, line, and stinker."

    You mean outside of them stripping him of his seniority?

    Democrats have been dealing with the Republicans long enough to know that you can't trust them at all.

    May 6, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Ken in NY

    The sad story here is people are so ready to vote along party lines for the sake of one party or another instead of voting for what makes best sense for EVERYONE in this country.

    May 6, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    Sen Specter you can REMAIN confused. You are entitled to the confusion. As you do not know your LOYALTIES yet. Democrat, OBAMA or others ...!

    May 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Proud DHS radical

    I guess he wasn't too clear about the Dem's striping him of his seniority too.

    Question...Now that Arlen Specter is the most junior senator on the hill, does he keep his old office or does he have to give it up to someone more senior like say...Al Franken?

    May 6, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Objective Thinking

    So basically, the same people on here who whine every day about losing their jobs will criticize a guy trying to keep his. Hypocrites.

    May 6, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. david

    im a democratic and i dont want specter hes another me first senator.

    May 6, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Gene

    This whole thing is so ridiculous.. just because you switch party doesn't mean a switch goes off in your head and you become an entirely different person. Sorry.. I was Specter out. This guy has turned into a sideshow clown.

    May 6, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. dennis

    People out there these politions HAVE NO LOYALTY.

    May 6, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Mark

    It seems that Specter is becoming more confused everyday. How old is this guy????

    May 6, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |


    May 6, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Roy

    Im sure glad this idiot is now a Democrat. He fits in well with all the other idiots. Thanks Obama!

    May 6, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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