Specter campaigns with President George W. Bush in 2004 at the Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania. Specter spent most of his political career as a moderate Republican. He supported Bush, but later criticized the then-president's warrantless wiretapping program, saying it overstepped civil liberties.
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Specter speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in July 2005. Five months earlier, he announced that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system. He worked during chemotherapy, and on July 22, 2005, ended his treatment. Three years later, his cancer returned and he underwent chemotherapy again.
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Specter and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, board an elevator after a February 2009 meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to find a bipartisan compromise on the stimulus package. Specter and Collins were two of three Republicans who voted for the plan. Collins, like Specter, was considered to be one of a dwindling number of moderate Republicans.
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Specter shakes hands with Philadelphia voters on primary day in 2010. He lost the Democratic primary to Joe Sestak, ending the veteran senator's political career. Conservative Republican Pat Toomey defeated Sestak in the general election.
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Senate Judiciary Committee member Arlen Specter, R-Pa., questions witnesses defending law professor Anita Hill at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas on Oct. 13, 1991. Hill had alleged that Thomas sexually harassed her in the 1980s.
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Specter discusses his new book and the presidential campaign during an interview in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2011.
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Sen. Arlen Specter, a member of the Senate Government Affairs Committee investigating campaign fundraising abuses, questions a witness during hearings on Capitol Hill on July 9, 1997.
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President Obama greets Sen. Arlen Specter at a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. After 44 years as a Republican, Specter switched parties in 2009.
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President George W. Bush and Specter arrive at Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania on April 19, 2004.
Former Sen. Arlen Specter, one of the most influential senators of the last half-century, died Sunday from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 82.
The five-term senator, a moderate Republican-turned-Democrat, was a key member of the Judiciary Committee and a major player in the confirmation proceedings of 14 Supreme Court nominees. But he was consistently a thorn for leaders of both political parties and their presidents.
Originally published on Sun October 14, 2012 11:47 am
Arlen Specter, the outspoken senator who started off Republican, switched to Democrat and stayed moderate throughout, has died, the AP reports.
The former five-term senator from Pennsylvania announced that he was once again battling cancer in August. He died at his home in Philadelphia on Sunday, according to his son, Shanin, from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
From now until November, President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways. In this installment of NPR's "Parallel Lives" series, a look at Romney's time at Cranbrook, an all-boys prep school in Michigan.
Cranbrook has been coed since the mid-1980s, its overall diversity is quite evident and the dress code is casual. None of that was true when Mitt Romney, class of 1965, was a student there.