PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For Arlen Specter, it’s a time to reflect, plan a book and do some broadcasting.
For Specter, elections have always been tough. He never had an easy re-election campaign and he explains why:READ MORE: Police Identify Man Killed In North Philadelphia Hit-And-Run As 64-Year-Old Raymond Hodgins
“It was because I was independent and because I called each vote on the basis of what I thought was good for the state and country. I didn’t mind ruffling feathers. That made it controversial and tough.”
Specter served under five Presidents. Who was the best?READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Kensington Shooting Leaves Man Hospitalized
“President Reagan, he undertook negotiations with the Soviet Union and started us on a path for arms reduction. I had a lot of contacts with President Reagan and he was terrific up close and he was terrific at a distance.”
From his own future, to the single bullet theory with JFK to Clarence Thomas and all the politics he endured.
Listen to the extended interview with Senator Specter:
Reported By Special Contributor Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio.