Sen. Arlen Specter said Sunday he did not attempt to clear the field in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary after his potential opponent claimed members of the state's political establishment tried to lure him out of the race.
"I'm ready to take on all comers," Specter, who switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat in April, told "FOX News Sunday."
He responded after Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., who is expected to mount a primary challenge against Specter, told FOX News that people in the Pennsylvania "establishment" contacted him and asked him not to run against Specter. He said he's disappointed that party leaders are trying to "anoint" the senator, calling Specter "self-serving" and "more concerned about his job" than his state.
Specter rejected that suggestion Sunday.
"It's a free society. I didn't ask that the field be cleared," Specter said. "There was no discussion of that. Everybody ought to run if he or she wants to run."
Asked if he's certain he can beat Sestak, Specter said, "there's no such thing as certainty" in a political campaign.
A recent poll, though, showed Sestak trailing Specter by nearly 30 points in a Democratic primary match-up. FOX News
If you think you actually get a choice who to vote for think again. I am no fan of Sestak, but the fact that party switcher Specter expects the an easy go of it pisses me off. Why would the party even need to approach Sestak if Specter is such a wonderful choice. I say this has to be one of the key targets of Operation Swing Vote, we need to swing hard against Specter to the point that he polls in the 20's. The party might rethink its position then. Of course we can do nothing if we don't first get organized and get the voters of PA to realize that a vote for Specter is a vote for Washington corruption and self-serving politicians. If you know someone in PA talk their ears off about this and get them to realize that Specter is a symbol of the absolute crap that is Washington these days.