What a complete and utter jackass!
“Well, I was sorry to disappoint many people. Frankly, I was disappointed that the Republican Party didn’t want me as their candidate,” Mr. Specter said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “But as a matter of principle, I’m becoming much more comfortable with the Democrats’ approach. And one of the items that I’m working on, Bob, is funding for medical research.”
Mr. Specter continued: “If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine.”
Mr. Kemp passed away Saturday, after fighting with cancer. Mr. Kemp ran for the White House in 1996 with Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole.
Uhhhh, check it out you liberal…2001 3.75 billion went to NCI, 2006 4.75 billion was spent. Quite an increase. During GOP control of Congress in the 90’s the budget increased by close to 50%. For 2009 4.83 billion is being spent….quite an increase! And for FY2010?
Fact is there have been advances and one of the reasons Specter may have survived his own bout with Hodgkin’s disease but now he is with the party that is proposing a DECREASE in the federal budget to cancer research.
It’s also a grotesque lie. During Republican control of Congress, federal spending on health research and regulation increased 46% after inflation, from $49 billion a year to $72 billion a year, or about 7% increase each year. That’s almost the same rate of increase as Defense spending got in the same period (48%), when we actually had a real war on our hands, and not a political contrivance for excusing federal spending.
And Specter wonders why he can’t get within 20 points of Pat Toomey in a primary race?