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Radio Smart Talk for Monday, October 15:
Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Arlen Specter died at the age of 82 Sunday. The Specter family said he died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Specter was Pennsylvania's longest serving senator. He was elected in 1980 and lost a re-election bid in 2010. Specter was considered a moderate Republican, who wasn't afraid to vote his conscious, even if it meant not voting with other Republicans. Specter switched his affiliation to the Democratic Party before the primary election in 2010, saying Republicans had become so conservative that he would have a difficult time winning. After changing parties, Specter lost the Democratic primary anyway to Congressman Joe Sestak.
During his tenure in the Senate, Specter was at the center of many of the nation's most high profile history-making events. His vote against the confirmation of President Ronald Reagan's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Robert Bork, angered many Republicans. His tough questions to Anita Hill, the college professor who accused another Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas, of sexual harassment didn't endear him to women's groups across the country. Specter was one of three Republicans who voted for President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package in 2009. The backlash from that vote may have prompted Specter to become a Democrat.
On Monday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll look back on Sen. Specter's life and career.
What will you remember most about Sen. Arlen Specter?
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