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Specter: Republicans Plotted Early To Stop Bipartisanship, Beat Obama In 2012

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It's not often that a Senator will divulge private conversations from within the party caucuses. In Specter's case, he appears to be dishing out information from his former party caucus, declaring that they decided early on to focus on opposing Obama politically, and they now complain about a lack of bipartisanship that they themselves caused.

Specter's office has not yet responded to our inquiries for further comment, nor has the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

However. Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-SC) spokesman Wesley Denton gave us this comment, declaring Specter has no credibility after having switched parties and changed his political positions:

"No one better represents what's wrong with Washington than Senator Specter who proved this year he has no principle but political self-interest. He's flip-flopped on issue after issue and has lost all credibility with voters. The fact is that Republicans put many serious health reforms on the table like ending state insurance monopolies, tort reform, and fair tax treatment for folks who don't get insurance at work. But Democrats were never serious about listening to any idea that didn't include a government takeover of health care, which they knew Republicans would never agree to. Specter and Democrats don't want bipartisanship, they want political cover for their wildly unpopular health care bill that raises taxes and premiums without even covering the uninsured."