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Well -- -- political news here in Washington senator Arlen Specter says there's no room for moderates in the Republican Party.
And that's why switching sides and leaving behind a primary challenge he says he could win.
Specter's defection saying about the state senate Republicans.
Senate Republican conference -- Tennessee senator Lamar and joins us now senator thank you so much for coming in and said.
Of course we've heard a lot of top from senator Specter about why he changed side.
But there's a lot of -- speculation let's listen to something from your -- senate minority minority leader Mitch McConnell.
This is a Pennsylvania story.
Inability according to is bolstered to be renominated by the Republican Party or to be elected as an independent and so he made.
Pay -- totally political.
Senator your thoughts on the -- Well I think that's right he he made he made that decision but if it opens an opportunity for a new Pennsylvania Republican to be elected helped define the party.
The dangers that can accurately it creates the more makes it more likely we'll have one party rule and Republicans won't be able to stop -- -- pretty radical agenda coming from the White House.
And we talk about getting to that number of sixty Democrats -- Al Franken picks up that seat in Minnesota.
Clearly -- -- then able to block a filibuster and that brings on a number of issues whether it's this upcoming Supreme Court.
Nominee and many other issues and know that -- you were going to be introducing.
It's an energy legislation in the next couple weeks how do you think this may impact.
And that legislation given the way that senator -- voted in the past where he -- going on that if you.
Well that that's that's a very that's a very good example is the way the senate operates.
It's well you're supposed to have sixty votes in order.
For something to get through.
You're supposed to give -- a second thought and of the Democrats have sixty then spending.
Nationalization of autos and banks and an energy policy that's not realistic might go through.
To what the Democrats are proposing is to run our country on Windmills basically.
It's solar wind and earth we all want renewable energy but that's -- one and a half percent of electricity what we want.
Is a hundred new nuclear power plants offshore drilling for natural gas and oil and double the in energy investment in research and development.
DC senator Specter joining you.
Well I'm not sure senator Specter is an independent senator and -- respecting even though he's still in the senate he's on the democratic side.
Hopefully he'll stick with his view voting against the so called the repeal of secret ballot in in in in in union elections which is one -- -- most important.
Bills before the -- There's obviously been a lot of speculation about his talk of changing parties did it come as any surprise -- this week during -- timing of it it was a surprise to me.
I think it was a surprise to.
Two -- most people the it produced a lot of talk about.
The Republican Party whether we're a Republican club for a party with.
You know I was thinking about Jack -- today he was a terrific member of our party for a long time Jack -- was a real conservative but he was a big.
And I think what we have to remember is that where the party Jack Kemp and and Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater but it Abraham Lincoln and and Teddy Roosevelt too so -- there's a lot of room in the Republican party for a new senator from Pennsylvania on our side.
Is there room for moderates so sure of course -- Mean.
If we're gonna be a club and just convince ourselves of a few things we'll have thirty -- 35 members.
-- we're going to be a political party we've got to persuade a majority we're right and we've been losing them in the last two elections in 20042000.
There there room for all owe a lot of people in -- party the Democrats of understand that much better than we have in the last two elections.
And they've got nearly sixty votes let's talk about that Pennsylvania -- caddies hit every shaping up from this point.
Well today we have at least one prominent congressman running -- heard over the weekend that governor ridge might run that would be -- good contest.
All right anyone that you would have -- a three way behind at this point -- it's -- -- I know better than that I think that's up to Pennsylvania Republicans but I've always thought primaries ago I mean this is it time for definition in the Republican Party someone switching parkinson's when -- -- Joseph Joseph Lieberman.
We ran without gore and spoke with Republican Convention last year Zell Miller served as a Democrat and spoke with Republican Convention.
The difference here is.
That if we get -- -- forty and the Democrats have sixty will will have the risk of what -- hopeful called in the early nineteenth century that tyranny of the majority.
And the and it'll run just like a train through the senate spending.
Secret ballot union elections that would be dangerous for the country.
Senator Lamar Alexander we thank you very much for your time thank you --
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