Arlen Specter, the former Senator from Pennsylvania, may not be much of a Rick Santorum fan, despite having Santorum’s endorsement during Specter’s presidential run. But that doesn’t mean he’ll necessarily be giving his vote to Mitt Romney, or President Barack Obama. No, the former Republican turned Democrat says he ‘might” consider supporting Romney, but it depends “which Romney” ends up with the nomination.
“I’m going to wait to see which Romney it is,” Specter told The Hill, saying he approved of Romney’s support of health care access in Massachusetts.
He approves less of the president, whom he said was “too ambitious” after his 2008 win, and states that he disagrees with him over the expanding tax breaks for the wealthy and sending more troops into Afghanistan. “I want to see what Obama does. 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.”
Of course, none of these issues that he has with Obama would have been different under a Republican president, and the one piece of legislation Specter seems happy about with Romney — expanded healthcare access, is the one the former Massachusetts governor is most running away from. Which leads a person to wonder if Specter’s issue with Obama is less about his policies and more about his refusal to help him in his 2010 senate bid.
Is Specter really waiting for the “real” Mitt, or is he just having a moment of sour grapes?
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