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Arlen Specter Reacts To Romney’s Criticism: I ‘Never’ Made A Deal With Santorum

Arlen Specter — the former Pennsylvania senator who went from Democrat to Republican, and then back to Democrat — said he doesn’t quite understand why Mitt Romney mentioned him in Wednesday’s Republican debate. Specter added that there are bigger things to focus on.

Specter told ABC News:

There are a lot more important things to discuss than Arlen Specter…I don’t care if he brings me up. I just think there are more important things to do than talk about me.

During the debate, Romney essentially said Rick Santorum‘s 2004 endorsement of Specter ensured the existence of President Obama’s health care program. Romney said, “If you had not supported him…we would not have Obamacare…so don’t look at me. Look in the mirror.”

Specter went on say he and Santorum never agreed to a deal for Santorum’s support. From ABC News:

But Specter, now an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s law school, said he “never” made a deal with Santorum. He said Santorum’s defense wasn’t appropriate though it was “equal to the attack” by Romney.

Specter also remarked:

I think in these debates, it’s standard to disregard the relevant or important things and bring in the kitchen sink, anything that comes to mind.

In a tweet, ABC News’ Matt Negrin added: “When I asked whom he’d pick among the 4 GOP candidates, he said, no joke: ‘Arlen Specter.'”

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