Arlen Specter, who brought a prosecutor’s focus on detail and disdain for deception to the job of U.S. senator, representing Pennsylvania as a Republican for 29 years and a Democrat for his unorthodox final year, has died. He was 82.
Robert Bork, the U.S. judge and legal scholar whose nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan set off a battle for the judiciary that lived on long after the U.S. Senate rejected him, has died. He was 85.
When Vice President Joe Biden called Senator Arlen Specter this week to tell him of Elena Kagan ’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Democrat used the moment to request another favor from the White House.
Elena Kagan ’s Supreme Court nomination provided Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak ammunition to attack Senator Arlen Specter ’s record on judicial confirmations as the Democratic primary matchup between the two men entered its final days.
Senator Arlen Specter said his opponent in this week’s Democratic primary in Pennsylvania, Representative Joe Sestak , wouldn’t have what it takes to defeat the Republican nominee in the general election.