May 16th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for May 16

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="In her Crib Sheet, CNN's Candy Crowley wraps the news from Sunday's political talk shows."]
Short and Sweet Sunday.

The first 29 years were the easiest for former Republican Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who jumped ship into the Democratic fold in 2009 and is in the run of his life in 2010.

Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) are in a nasty little primary tussle for Specter’s seat. The race is basically about Specter’s party switch and 30-year incumbency. (Basically a four-letter word so far this campaign cycle.)

Speaking (separately) on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sestak accused specter of being a “poster boy” for what’s gone wrong in Washington. Specter accused Sestak of “dodging and weaving” around questions. For the record, Sestak wouldn’t say if he would support Specter if Specter wins on Tuesday. Specter said he would definitely support Sestak should Sestak prevail.

Who will win? Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told NBC he thinks Specter will pull it out. Senator Robert Bennett (R-Utah), the first big-name incumbent to fall in this election cycle says Specter is in “real trouble,” partly because of the atmosphere (and partly because even Specter might admit at this point that he that he botched the PR on the party switch.) Bennett says he “would not be surprised if Specter went down.

Oh, and the Republican’s number two man in the Senate, Jon Kyl of Arizona, says there will not be a filibuster of the Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Short and Sweet Sunday.

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) on CNN’s State of the Union
“I think it's a race that actually, where everybody knows Washington's broken. And everybody knows that if you're going to still send back to Washington, D.C. a career politician that actually would switch his party, as he said, to keep his job and we're not going to fix the mess that we got into by sending him back.”

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) on CNN’s State of the Union
“…people everywhere have had their polls go down, including the president. But that Quinnipiac poll gave me a lead, still a slight lead. And I think the lead that I have had is because people recognize that I am the only guy who can beat Toomey. Go back to that nationally televised town meeting in Lebanon County. The Tea Party group was asked, the guy charged me with his fist clinched, you are ruining the country. Security wanted to throw him out. I stopped that. I didn't want the headline to read "citizen evicted." I wanted it to read, "senator keeps his cool." But I argued with him, I fought him verbally and faced him down. Where was Sestak? Back in his office where it was safe.”

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) on CNN’s State of the Union

“Sure. I am going to support anybody against Pat Toomey. It is not going to happen, but I will answer your question, Candy. He wouldn't answer your question as to what he has to hide. He wouldn't answer your questions all over the lot, ducks and bobs and weaves. One thing I have always been is candid, maybe a little too candid.

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) on CNN’s State of the Union

“I'm very fond of Arlen as a friend, got to know him, worked with him on a number of things, like him as an individual. He's gotten himself into real trouble, partly because of the atmosphere, partly because of the way he handled things. And it doesn't look to me like he has a slam-dunk in any way. I would not be surprised if he were defeated.”

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) on CNN’s State of the Union
Candy Crowley: “... cut to the chase here. Will you run on your own?”
Sen. Bennett: “I have made a - I have made a very firm decision not to make any decisions for the time being. So...”
Candy Crowley: “You had me there for a moment.”
Sen. Bennett: “Yes, I - you thought you were going to make news.
(LAUGHTER) I could have won the primary. I could have won the primary very handily. I very clearly did not even come close in the convention. And there have been studies being - there are studies being made to how different the convention delegates are from the primary voters as a whole. Right now, that's completely academic to me, because I am where I am. So the fact that I lost in convention in Utah does not necessarily mean that what happened in Utah can be extrapolated across the country as a whole.”

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
David Gregory: “Sen. Specter–win or lose in the primary?”
Sen. Schumer: “I bet he wins by a little.”

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) on CBS’ “Face the Nation”
Bob Schieffer: “Do you think there is any chance that republicans will try to filibuster they're nomination when it comes to this, Senator?”
Sen. Kyl: “I don't think so, Bob. The filibuster should be relegated to the extreme circumstances and I don't think Elena Kagan represents that.”

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and the week ahead,
Candy Crowley

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Bill1234

    Senator Spector has been a good Senator for PA. However, it's time for him to retire. Senator Spector is 80 years old and adding six years term for a Senator who is 80 years old may be to much.

    May 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. b o stinks

    hey arlen
    how did that switching thing work out for you
    it is good you showed your true colors though
    30 yrs of politics has to be a disease

    May 16, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    State of the Union? We are at least 12 trillion dollars in debt and no end in site unless there is a drastic switch this next election cycle. I'd say the Socialisim over the last 70 plus years is about to send us right back to the 1930's. Think California or Greece.

    May 16, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Maybe mandatory retirement at 70-74 for senators?? 80 is too old. He's out of touch with ove 50% of the country.

    Retire all the senators over 70 NOW. They are too old.

    May 16, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Rich

    Amen and Amen Bill Specter is like Liberman a sore loser and will do anything to get 6 more years on the Gravey Train. Time to go out to pasture Arlan and give Youth a chance like someone else did for you too many terms ago. You can not trust Liberman and Specter the switch put all doubts to rest. CHANGE IN WASHINGTON NEEDED BADLY

    May 16, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    I'mglad I do not live in Pa. Candy had Specter on her show today and this guy impresses me simply as a guy that would sell his own wife if it would get him re-elected and then she had Sestak on there. This guy gives me the creeps. It's like there is something really ugly he is hiding. As a Democrat, I think I would be forced to not vote in the primary and then vote for the Republican in November because I can't trust the "Turn Coat" Specter and I really am scared to death of whatever it is that Sestak is hiding.

    Democrats, look out in Pa. Tuesday and in November.

    May 16, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Robert

    There is an add running in PA with Specter's own words saying that he is switching parties in order to be re-elected. Vote this clown out now!

    May 16, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. harold

    Maybe a 1929 disaster was what the republicans would have liked for ... just like before when in 1930 all they could do was balance the budget in 1930.. see balanced budget 1930.... That sure got spending under control and got the USA a lot of jobs huh?.. As for the OIL spill. well you know republicans they like OIL ....Drill baby Drill remember.?...... And when the coral goes in the Florida keys.. well ... maybe the Republicans will have a stimulus for the coral?...To get it going again......Why not Filibuster the OIL spill Republicans?

    May 16, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Oladele Adebayo

    Nice job Candy!!

    May 16, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |