Specter: I Won’t Run As A Dem — But Maybe As An Indy?

March 18, 2009 5:18 a.m.

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) told The Hill that he will not become a Democrat — but he might become an independent.

“I’m staying a Republican because I think I have a more important role to play there,” he said. “I think the United States very desperately needs a two-party system. … And I’m afraid that we’re becoming a one-party system, with Republicans becoming just a regional party.”

On the other hand, Specter left the door open to the idea of running as an independent, though he would continue to caucus as a Republican.“It’s pretty hard to run without a party,” he said. “It’s always something that could be a possibility. But then I wouldn’t be in the Republican caucus — wouldn’t have quite the standing as a Republican.”

Another thing to consider is that Pennsylvania has a “sore-loser law” that prevents someone who lost a primary from pulling a Lieberman and running as an independent. So if Specter were to run as an independent, he would have to declare this well beforehand and leave the Republican nomination to a right-winger, setting up a three-way race with the Democrats involved, too.

On top of that, Joe Lieberman told The Hill: “I’d be delighted to have him in my caucus.” Where do we even begin with this one?

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