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He was Pennsylvania's longest serving senator.
In this morning the country remembers Arlen Specter he passed away Sunday at his home in Philadelphia.
Complications of non hodgkin's lymphoma he was 82 years old.
And a lifelong Republicans Specter stunned Washington when he switch -- the Democratic Party.
In 2009 that was three years ago later losing his seat after five terms.
In a democratic primary here is his farewell speech from 2010.
There's been a great privilege to a -- horse for the last thirty years.
They're great decisions of our.
-- -- tributes pouring in now former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell here.
-- for teaching me about discipline teaching me about staying focused.
Teaching me about the value of preparation I mean.
He was prepared as much as anybody I've ever seen.
President Obama issuing a statement saying quote Arlen Specter was always a fighter from his days stamping out corruption as -- prosecutor in Philadelphia he was three decades of service in the senate.
Arlen was fiercely independent never putting party or ideology -- of the people he was chosen to -- and former president George W.
Bush issuing this statement quote Arlen Specter loved our country and serve it with integrity for three decades in the United States senate.
Laura and I appreciate his contributions to America and are grateful for his many years -- public service.
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