In the past several weeks Ed Rendell has said that he has spoken with Republican Senator Arlen Specter and tried to convince him to switch parties to no avail. Specter is one of the most senior GOP members and has been an elected Republican since 1966 and would have been up for a really tough re-election in 2010.
“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.”
Today, Arlen Specter has announced his decision to switch parties and run as a Democrat from Pennsylvania in 2010. Specter has said recently that he feels the Republican Party has left him by going too far right.
It seems that the Democrats will get 60 votes in the Senate once Al Franken is certified and if Specter wins in 2010.
Will other GOP Senators defect from the Republican Party? Will Olympia Snow (R-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) defect from the GOP?
Is this a confirmation that President Obama is reaching out to Republicans and realigning politics in DC just like Reagan did in the 1980s?
Watch Rendell’s March interview: