Politics & Government

April 28, 2009

Pennsylvania's Sen. Specter will become a Democrat

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday he intends to become a Democrat — inching President Barack Obama's party to within a whisker of the magic 60-vote majority it needs to cut off extended debate and advance his key initiatives. Specter, a Republican since 1966 and a senator since 1981, explained in a statement that "my party has not defined who I am."

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