Specter: I May Vote for Romney

Friday, 23 Mar 2012 11:21 AM

By Marti Lotman

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Former Sen. Arlen Specter says that depending on which version of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney shows up for the general election, he just may vote for him, reports The Hill.

“I’m going to wait to see which Romney it is,” Specter said during an interview with The Hill, praising Romney for signing health care reforms into law during his time as governor of Massachusetts.

“The legislation to provide maximum healthcare coverage in America is a sound decision. I think Romney was right when he did that. I think that’s a right decision,” Specter said.

Specter made headlines in April 2009 after switching his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat which allowed President Barack Obama to pass both his healthcare and Wall Street reform bills.

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Specter says that he is not sold on voting for Obama in November, specifically because of how the president has handled foreign- and economic-policy.

“I want to see what Obama does,” Specter said. “I was against his Afghanistan policy. I opposed sending 30,000 additional troops there. I think he made a terrible mistake in extending the tax cuts. He did that on his own. I opposed that strenuously. He did that while I was in the Senate in 2010. I think his economic policies have not been strong, so I want to wait and see what happens.”

Specter previously told the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board earlier this year that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could plausibly replace Obama on the Democratic presidential ticket.



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