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Arlen Specter Quotes

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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.
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#American Politician #Defense

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It does not signify disagreement with Roe v. Wade,
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#Disagreement

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

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all reports, memoranda or policy statements prepared, produced with your participation, or produced under your guidance during the time in which you served in any public office, including ... any of your positions in the White House.
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#Guidance

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on many key issues such as congressional power; presidential authority; women's rights including abortion; civil rights including voting and affirmative action; defendants' rights including the death penalty; prayer; and technology of the future.
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#Abortion

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What assurances can you give the Senate and the American people that you will be independent, if confirmed, and not give President Bush any special deference on any matter involving him which might come before the court?
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#People

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Judge Roberts has projected a very unique persona as he has talked about modesty and humility,
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#Humility

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I think it is inappropriate to ask him head-on if he's going to overturn Roe, but I believe that there are many issues close to the issue, like his respect for precedent, ... Meet the Press.
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#Ask

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At any rate, Congress hasn't acted, and that's really what the focus of our hearing is today as to what ought to be done.
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#Congress

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These decisions pose two major problems, ... A lack of stability or predictability in the law because the two cases, decided three years apart, are virtually indistinguishable; and, two, the court's judicial activism in functioning as a super legislature.
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#Law

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I will not support any budget resolution that does not provide adequate funding for domestic discretionary programs.
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#Resolution

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The story contained some allegations that I think require investigation,
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#Allegations

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The word is that the justices very much applaud his nomination to be chief justice, ... He has the potential, almost from a running start, to bring a new day and a new era to the Supreme Court.
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#Justice

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Do you believe today that the right to privacy does exist in the Constitution?
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#Constitution

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She said she believes there's a right to privacy (in the Constitution), ... And she believes Griswold was rightly decided.
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#Constitution

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When there are simply monetary awards, they cost the company and they cost the shareholders, but it doesn't do anything to the individuals who make these decisions,
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#Awards

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Was the Vietnam conflict a war which should have, as a matter of constitutional law, required a declaration of war by Congress?
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#Conflict

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This is not an issue for Democrats or Republicans. These hearings, in substantive fact as well as perception, ought to be for all Americans,
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#Democrats

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The balance of power is not being maintained in America today, ... The Supreme Court is interpreting the Constitution in derogation of congressional authority.
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#America

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I believe it is important and timely for you to make a full public response on the propriety of your ruling on cases involving Vanguard and Smith Barney, Inc., at times when you had money invested in Vanguard Mutual Funds and Smith Barney, Inc., was your brokerage firm.
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#Believe

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I have raised a certain cautionary signal, that I believe the next nomination is going to be a great deal more contentious than the Roberts nomination,
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#Believe

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The president of the United States has the fundamental responsibility to protect the country. The president does not have a blank check.
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#Country

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[Specter said afterward that he had urged Bush to delay naming a choice to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.] The president was noncommittal, ... The body language was not very positive.
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#Choice

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I do hope that when we in the Congress, both in this body -- when responsibilities come to the Senate -- and the other body, in the House of Representatives, there will be an approach which is bipartisan and nonpartisan in nature,
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#Body

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The events of 9/11, as well as the war in Iraq, require our government to intensify its efforts to combat terrorism.
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#Events

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Because of enormous public importance of the upcoming mayoral election, the Department of Justice should release all information concerning the issue related to the bugging of Mayor Street's office, so long as no potential defendant's rights are compromised and no harm will come to any pending investigation,
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#Information

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A lot of people have shifted their views, ... People do shift, so there may be an evolution of his thinking.
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#Evolution

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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.
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#American Politician