Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter Will Switch Party

04.28.09 | FL News Team

Pennsylvania Republican Senator Arlen Specter will not be a Republican for much longer. Specter is preparing to run for re-election as a Democrat.

In a statement posted on, Specter says his political philosophy is now more in line with Democrats than Republicans. He cited his vote on the stimulus bill as a turning point, saying the vote caused a "schism which makes our differences irreconcilable."

Specter emphasized he will not be a party-line supporter for Democrats any more than he has been for the GOP, stating, "I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture." Noting he has been a Republican since 1966, Specter stated he deeply regrets that he will be disappointing many friends and supporters.