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Inquirer: Arlen Specter Says Hillary Clinton Should Be 2012 Democratic Nominee For President

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Arlen Specter was asked that hot-potato question, circulating in some Democratic circles, in a meeting Tuesday with The Inquirer editorial board.

His answer showed that the former 30-year senator hasn’t lost his knack for blunt talk – nor, perhaps, his bitterness over his loss in the 2010 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Obama endorsed Specter’s bid, and was the featured guest at a Philadelphia fundraiser in late 2009.

Specter suggested maybe Obama is the one who should be dumped.

“That’s the second best alternative,” he said of replacing Biden. “A better alternative is to make Hillary the [presidential] nominee. As long as we’re talking about dumping, let’s go to the core problem.”


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