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There's nothing more important than our good health - that's our principal capital asset.

There's nothing more important than our good health - that's our principal capital asset.

Heart disease continues to be the number one killer; cancer, the number 2 killer, not far behind. The tragic aspect of these deadly diseases is that they could all be cured, I do believe, if we had sufficient funding. ---->>>

We don't need holy wars. What we need is tolerance and brotherhood and simple humanity. ---->>>

When the 14th Amendment, equal protection clause was enacted, the galleries in the Senate were segregated. Now we have integration. ---->>>

It's inspirational to see someone who is dying smile.

It's inspirational to see someone who is dying smile.

My father was an immigrant who literally walked across Europe to get out of Russia. He fought in World War I. He was wounded in action. My father was a great success even though he never had money. He was a very determined man, a great role model. ---->>>

I'm battling cancer. It's another battle I intend to win. ---->>>

There is no higher value in our society than integrity.

There is no higher value in our society than integrity.

I beat a brain tumor. ---->>>

The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written.

The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written.

I just was not going to subject my record to the bleak prospects of a primary election. ---->>>

My definition of winning at squash is playing and surviving, and I've never lost a match. ---->>>

Pennsylvania is a very tough state; people don't last long in Pennsylvania politics. ---->>>

I don't like labels. I think they conceal more than they reveal, sort of like a bikini. ---->>>

'Never give in' was my mindset. ---->>>

There is no doubt that our nation's security and defeating terrorism trump all other priorities. ---->>>

As I think through the issue of funding the rebuilding of Iraq, I think about the analogy of a bankruptcy proceeding. There is no doubt that Iraq as a country is bankrupt. ---->>>

Separation of power says the judiciary committee is supposed to confirm qualified judges and then what the Supreme Court does, that is their function, not my function. ---->>>

If you are going to have to play defense all the time, you cannot have the kind of ingenuity, assertiveness, independence, and intelligence which is what has made our country strong. ---->>>

It's been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania. ---->>>

I think it's scandalous that we haven't done more to cure cancer. ---->>>

Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns. ---->>>

Beating the tea party gang is more important than who does the beating. ---->>>

I must say I am not pleased to have to arrange the Senate schedule around the availability of Senators who are running for President. ---->>>

The best way to reduce the cost of medical care is to reduce the illness.

The best way to reduce the cost of medical care is to reduce the illness.

Well, I believe that when you are confirming a United States Supreme Court Justice, that it really isn't Democratic or Republican; it's American. ---->>>

Fundraising is very, very time-consuming. ---->>>

The extremists took over the primary process. ---->>>

Cannibals are devouring senators. ---->>>

In our social contract, we have provisions that see to it that you take care of people who need some help. ---->>>

It costs about $27 million to win a seat in the United States Senate, so when you win one, you like to sit down. ---->>>

Look, the president can discharge all 93 U.S. attorneys for no reason at all, but not for a bad reason. ---->>>

Stability means respecting precedents. ---->>>

The solicitor general is sometimes referred to as the 10th Supreme Court justice - a pretty important position. ---->>>

When Pat Robertson says there is no constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state, I say he is wrong. ---->>>

When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. ---->>>

When the students are occupied, they're not juvenile delinquents. I believe that education is a capital investment. ---->>>

I've been playing squash almost daily for 38 years. ---->>>

I have not taken a position on that nuclear option. My view is I'm not going to do anything until I come to that bridge. I'm not going to jump off the bridge until I come to it. ---->>>

Americans' addiction to sports, with the NFL at the top, is based on the excitement generated by the potential for the unexpected great play which can only happen with honest competition from great athletes. ---->>>

There's nothing in the First Amendment that even remotely talks about spending money for political contests, and to say that an individual can spend as much of his or her own money as he or she wants constitutionally without any limitation, I think is just absurd. ---->>>

Strong advocacy for education, health care and worker safety will be indispensable if they are to get their fair share of President Bush's austere budget for the next fiscal year. ---->>>

The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens. ---->>>

I am very much opposed to abortion personally. But I don't think it is the government's rule. ---->>>

If enough people would come out the right wing, the extremists couldn't dominate. ---->>>

If Romney wants to make me responsible for ObamaCare, I've said I would be proud to be responsible for it. ---->>>

Big money is ruining the political system. ---->>>

But one way or another, judges perform a very vital function in our society. They have a risky job and they are entitled to security. ---->>>

Effective security measures do not come cheap. ---->>>

I am opposed to anybody making a decision for you or me or anybody else about what health care plan we should have. ---->>>

The essence of a democracy is a free electorate. ---->>>

There are conspiracies all over the Senate floor on any day! ---->>>

It is with unwelcome frequency that I find myself the deciding vote. ---->>>

American credibility in the war on terrorism depends on a strong stand against all terrorist acts, whether committed by foe or friend. ---->>>

I don't expect people to agree with all my votes. ---->>>

Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy's statement that sometimes party asks too much. ---->>>

You know, a statesman is a dead politician. ---->>>

African-Americans are underrepresented. ---->>>

I do come from a strong family. ---->>>

I do not represent the Republican Party. ---->>>

I have been a Republican since 1966. ---->>>

I knew people were going to see me see deteriorate before their eyes. ---->>>

I ran for president in 1996. ---->>>

I really do not make deals. ---->>>

I think if you can get people to laugh, you can get people to listen. ---->>>

I think my independence was a big help to getting Judges Roberts and Alito confirmed, and I think that's recognized.

I think my independence was a big help to getting Judges Roberts and Alito confirmed, and I think that's recognized.

I'm a loyal Democrat. ---->>>

I'm ordinarily pretty correct in what I say. ---->>>

I've been in a lot of elections. ---->>>

I've made a career of being precise. ---->>>

It so happens that I'm pro choice. ---->>>

It's a rarity when someone takes a political risk in Washington today in the public interest. ---->>>

Lawyers advocate more so than state their own positions. ---->>>

My mother, Lillie Specter, was an angel and totally uninterested in politics. ---->>>

My tenure in the Senate was really as an independent and whichever, regardless of party label. ---->>>

People in government and public life are being kicked around at a high rate of speed. ---->>>

The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation. ---->>>

There's a great public disinclination toward politicians. ---->>>

When I'm asked about legacy, I say it's too early to talk about legacy. ---->>>

If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine. ---->>>

As a matter of traditional and sound constitutional doctrine, an amendment to the Constitution should be the last resort when all other measures have proved inadequate. ---->>>

As the Republican Party has moved farther and farther to the right, I have found myself increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy and more in line with the philosophy of the Democratic Party. ---->>>

The Supreme Court has a very light backlog. They leave a lot of splits among the circuits, a lot of uncertainty. And I think they ought to work a lot harder. ---->>>

We are not utilizing the Iraqi oil for U.S. purposes. We are not asking that the Iraqi oil be used to pay our military expenses. We are asking only that the Iraqi oil be used to rebuild Iraq - that is, to rebuild Iraq for the Iraqi people. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 02-12, 1930
Birthplace:
Die: 10-14, 2012
Occupation: Politician
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Arlen Specter (February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) was an American lawyer and politician who served as United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter was a Democrat from 1951 to 1965, then a Republican from 1965 until 2009, when he switched back to the Democratic Party. First elected in 1980, he represented his state in the Senate for 30 years (wikipedia)