Sen. Specter Gives Final Speech On Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) – After three decades in the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter delivered his final speech on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.

Sen. Specter is Pennsylvania’s longest-serving senator.

He lost the Democratic primary last May to Joe Sestak, who went on to lose the general election to Republican Pat Toomey.

On the Senate floor, he did not recite his legacy as many do. Instead, he challenged the institution where he served most of his life.

Specter lost no time criticizing the Senate for its current gridlock caused by what he said was the lack of Senate bipartisanship.

“Senators on both side sides of the aisle engaged in collegial debate and found ways to find common ground on the nation’s pressing problems,” Specter said.

Part of the problem, said Specter, was the loss of the 15 Republican moderates in the Senate when he first arrived.

“I found my colleague John Heinz there,” he said. “That’s a far cry from later years when moderates could fit into a telephone booth.”

Moderates in both parties were willing to compromise.

“n some quarters, compromise has become a dirty word,” Specter said. “Senators insist on ideological purity as a precondition.”

Specter offered a number of rule changes to break gridlock, including a return to the old-fashioned filibuster that blocked action for only as long as senators talked.

“Senators would have to have a talking filibuster, not merely present a notice of intent,” he said.

As for himself, Specter insisted it wasn’t really over.

“I do not say farewell to my continuing involvement in public policy which I will pursue in a different venue,” he said.

Specter has survived a brain tumor, cardiac arrest and bypass surgery. He’s also had two bouts with Hodgkin’s disease.


One Comment

  1. Yuck says:

    good riddance.

  2. Droopy says:

    See ya later,Droopy Poodle

  3. Level Green says:

    Stop, please no more…… I think I’m going to cry.

    Good thing he will have a brand new library that we are building for him with our taxpayer dollars so he has something to do with all of his time. He can re-shelve books.

    1. usmc2489 says:

      The media misspelled his name.

      It’s Arlen Sphincter

  4. mcoville says:

    He is exhibit A for congressional term limits.

  5. jimmy sings says:

    he was a turncoat and got what he deserved….good bye

  6. ZOEYZOTRON says:

    Good Bye… Jerk

  7. jack daniels says:

    The last independent in an out of control partisan congress. The last reasonable man in Congress is now gone. Now there are no problem solvers in DC

  8. 2059 says:

    Hey Arlen dry up and blow away like a fart, which is what you are..

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