Reaction to death of ex-Sen. Arlen Specter of Pa.

Associated Press Modified: October 15, 2012 at 2:01 am •  Published: October 15, 2012
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"Arlen was a statesman and a problem solver who was able to work with Democrats and Republicans in the best interest of our Commonwealth and our Country. Arlen fought cancer courageously and his enduring legacy of support for the National Institutes of Health will help countless Americans as they battle cancer and other ailments." — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

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"Today, Saundy and I join Pennsylvanians in mourning the loss of a dedicated public servant. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sen. Specter's family and friends at this difficult time." — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Smith, who is challenging Casey.

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"Over Arlen's remarkable career spanning three decades in the Senate, time and again he reached across the aisle to build consensus on vital legislation to advance his beloved Pennsylvania and the nation. ... Arlen was driven by a common-sense pragmatism that advocated for a revitalization and advancement of the political center." — U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.

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"Sen. Specter was a man of moderation; he was always passionate, but always easy to work with. I followed him through his previous illnesses, during the course of which he displayed great physical strength and great strength of character. Throughout his life, Sen. Specter fought and won many battles, but this was one he could not win. America is better today because of Arlen Specter." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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"A legendary figure in his beloved Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter brought his fierce intellect and a prosecutor's drive to countless battles in the Senate. He was a fighter to the end." — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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"Arlen Specter was a dedicated public servant and tireless advocate for Pennsylvania. He was always willing to work with every member of the Pennsylvania delegation to address the needs of the communities we serve and the people we are privileged to represent." — U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa.

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"For thirty years, he served the people of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate well, often working across the aisle to get things done. He was a moderate who put the needs of his constituents and country before politics — something seen all too rarely now." — U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.



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