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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 we respond to threats of the moment. In World War II we interned the Japanese – a very distasteful chapter in American history which we have since acknowledged and moved to correct. Nine-eleven shocked the country . . . obviously shocked the world too with thousands dying. And we’ve respond with a variety of measures such as worthless wiretaps in violation of the legislation in Congress. And then the periods cool, and we have reflections on it. And the matters are weighed by the Congress or weighed more by the courts, and we get it right. We correct the injustices of the past.
Recorded on: 7/4/2007 at The Aspen Ideas Festival
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