…and he sounds pretty damn convincing.
Yesterday on Face the Nation, he claimed the GOP’s agenda killed Jack Kemp.
Well, I was sorry to disappoint many people. Frankly, I was disappointed that the Republican Party didn’t want me as their candidate. But as a matter of principle, I’m becoming much more comfortable with the Democrats’ approach. And one of the items that I’m working on, Bob, is funding for medical research. I’ve been the spear carrier to increase medical research. And I’ve even established a Web site, Specterforthecure.com, to try to get people to put more pressure on Congress to join me in getting more funding.
This medical research has been a reawakening– the ten billion dollars. We were about to lose a whole generation of scientists. And now they’re enthused. There are fifteen thousand applications to be granted. 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.
You had them at “Hello.”
UPDATE: For what it’s worth, Specter’s alleged basis for switching parties - the GOP’s policy toward medical research funding - is completely bogus anyway. So it appears Specter’s political tap dance on Kemp’s grave was not an issue of policy differences so much as a performance in political demagoguery.
During Republican control of Congress, federal spending on health research and regulation increased 46% after inflation, from $49 billion a year to $72 billion a year, or about 7% increase each year.
I’d say he’s more than qualified to carry the (D) next to his name.