Defending his conservative purity today at the big GOP conference, former Sen. Rick Santorum made an interesting claim about Sen. Specter (D-PA). Santorum said he agreed to endorse Specter in 2004 only after “I got a commitment from Arlen Specter that no matter who George W. Bush would nominate [to the Supreme Court], he would support that nominee.”
Now, Santorum clearly has a strong, even multiple motives for making Specter’s alleged commitment seem as firm as possible and Specter as craven as possible. But in a knock-down fight between Specter and Sestak, I’m sure this is going to be tossed around pretty good.
Late Update: Sen. Specter is strongly denying Santorum’s charge.
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