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Rick Santorum's 2004 Arlen Specter Endorsement Provokes Sharp Response From Joe Sestak

First Posted: 06/12/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:10 PM ET


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ― U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak is questioning incumbent Arlen Specter's motives in backing former President George Bush's Supreme Court nominees.

Sestak on Monday cited a claim by former Sen. Rick Santorum that Specter backed the high-court nominees in exchange for Santorum's endorsement of Specter's 2004 re-election bid.

Both Specter and Santorum were Republicans at the time.

Specter is now a Democrat facing Sestak in the May 18 primary and denies there was any such deal.

But Sestak said he believes Santorum told the truth to a crowd at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans over the weekend.

He said the story underscores Specter's willingness to give away votes to save his career.

Specter says he would never make such a promise under any circumstances.

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