Meet & Greet: Senator Arlen Specter

The Common Good hosted a breakfast and discussion with Senator Arlen Specter on the stem cell research, S-Chip (expansion of health care coverage for children), controversial judiciary committee business regarding Guantanamo, FISA and surveillance issues and other hot button national issues.


Arlen Specter is a former United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter is a Democrat, but was a Republican from 1965 until switching to the Democratic Party in 2009. First elected in 1980, he represented his state for thirty years in the Senate. Specter is a moderate who staked out a spot in the political center. Specter served as assistant counsel for the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy and helped devise the “single bullet theory.” In 1965, Specter was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia, a position that he would hold until he lost his re-election bid in 1973.


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