Arlen Specter was a United States Senator for Pennsylvania who served as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations and Veterans Affairs committees.
Arlen Specter’s five terms made him the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Pennsylvania’s history. A voice of reason, his independence and balance won him endorsements from the AFL-CIO and high marks from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (100% in 2006), the National Association of Manufacturers (86% in 2006), and the Americans for Tax Reform (90% in 2006).
Time Magazine listed him among the ten best Senators in 2006. Knowlegis rated him the second most powerful Senator in 2006 behind only Majority Leader Bill Frist. A November 11, 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer editorial stated: “Senator Arlen Specter has more clout than some sovereign nations.”
Born to Russian immigrant parents in Wichita, Kansas, Specter was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Arlen Specter: Well my goals will be to do what we can to stabilize Iraq without great loss of America life and limb. That we would enter into very active negotiations with the problems facing the world. Our own controversies with Iran. Trying to work through the problems with Syria which sponsors Hezbollah, as does Iran. They sponsor Hamass. Find a way to get Hamaas to renounce its determination to destroy Israel, its refusal to recognize Israel as ultimately we succeeded in getting the PLO to change its charter. Trying to have a stable Palestinian government to negotiate a two-state resolution with Israel.
Recorded on: 7/4/2007 at The Aspen Ideas Festival