Sen. Arlen Specter on Meet the Press in May:
MR. GREGORY: Let me–I just want to turn, then, to the issue of health care. You would not support a public plan?
SEN. SPECTER: That’s what I said…
MR. GREGORY: OK.
SEN. SPECTER: …and that’s what I meant.
Specter speaking to union activists about health care yesterday:
I know you are very interested in the public component and I think Senator Schumer has the right idea about having a public component which is to have a level playing field with the private sector, but the public component can be in place.