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Fox News alert former long time US senator Arlen Specter has -- he was a major political figure.
In his home state of Pennsylvania as well as Washington.
His career spanning more than forty years in two political parties.
Dying from complications.
Of non hodgkin's lymphoma the age -- -- to.
Peter -- is live in Washington and looks back at senator Specter's contributions.
To his country Peter.
And Greg we just heard from President Obama he released this statement that says Arlen Specter was always a fighter from his -- stamping out corruption -- as a prosecutor in Philadelphia.
To his three decades of service in the senate Arlen was fiercely independent never.
Putting party -- party or ideology ahead of the people he was chosen to serve.
Former president George W.
Bush says Arlen Specter loved our country and served it with integrity.
For three decades in the United States senate war and I appreciate his contributions to America and are grateful for his many years of public service.
We send our condolences to his wife Joan and the Specter.
-- the Specter Stanley tells us the longtime Pennsylvania senator died at 11:39.
This morning from complications of non.
Hodgkin's lymphoma and that the service will be on Tuesday and Penn valley Pennsylvania.
Senator Specter served as a Democrat then a Republican and -- a Democrat again in the United States senate and was part of thirteen.
Supreme Court confirmation hearings and -- crossed party lines during the infamous Robert Bork.
Hearing voting against Bork which was seen as an important factor in that failed nomination.
For me it was a very hard decision.
To disagree -- my colleagues on the Republican side on this committee -- disagree with.
My president my -- and indicated vote against a man who might come to know want to -- and respect.
Long before he became Pennsylvania's longest serving senator Specter was the assistant district attorney in Philadelphia and worked on the Warren commission.
That was investigating JFK's assassination and Specter is one of the man.
Who came up with a single bullet theory that a single bullet hit both president Kennedy and Texas governor John -- and that.
Bolstered the argument that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
Its career with illustrious Greg and he is being born today by Democrats and Republicans back to you.
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