Ed Rendell told RNN-TV, a regional cable news channel in the Northeast, that he has in fact tried to talk GOP Senator Arlen Specter into switching to the Democrats — oh, and so have some other important people, who Rendell probably shouldn’t have mentioned.
“We’ve tried,” said Rendell. “Myself, Senator Casey, Vice President Biden have tried to talk him into it, but he’s bound and determined to stay a Republican.”
When asked for comment by RNN-TV, Specter’s office pointed them to an interview he gave recently where he said he was “prepared to run as a Republican,” and did not directly confirm or deny that Specter has been approached by Joe Biden, Ed Rendell or Bob Casey about switching parties.
Late Update: Here’s the relevant clip from Rendell’s interview with RNN’s Andrew Whitman:
More of the interview will run tonight at 6 p.m. ET.