Specter Launches Preemptive Attack Ad Against Toomey

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Arlen Specter isn’t waiting for Pat Toomey, the former GOP Congressman who nearly defeated him in the 2004 primary, to officially enter the race this time — he’s already going on the air with an attack ad.

The ad blasts Toomey as a credit-default swap trader who favored less oversight of Wall St. and putting Social Security in the stock market, and now wants a “bonus” in the form of a U.S. Senate seat:

Toomey has said he’s “very likely” to run, but hasn’t officially launched his campaign. That said, he’s been speaking to conservative activists — even appearing with Joe The Plumber against the Employee Free Choice Act — and a candidacy really appears to be a foregone conclusion. So Specter isn’t waiting.

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