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A New Low, Even for Specter

By on 5.4.09 | 12:41PM

Party switcher Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) is now attempting to exploit the death of former Rep. Jack Kemp (R-New York) from cancer by using falsehoods in order to chastise fiscal conservatives.

He told "Face the Nation" on Sunday that, "If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today."

Of course, it's one thing to seize on a news event to make a point, but as Michelle Malkin (see above link) points out, Specter's facts about cancer research funding are wrong:

During Republican control of Congress, federal spending on health research and regulation increased 46% after inflation, from $49 billion a year to $72 billion a year, or about 7% increase each year. That's almost the same rate of increase as Defense spending got in the same period (48%), when we actually had a real war on our hands, and not a political contrivance for excusing federal spending.

And Specter wonders why he can't get within 20 points of Pat Toomey in a primary race?

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