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:

“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?

“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.