Democrats Say Specter Switch Shows GOP Should Be More Like Dems

April 29, 2009 - 12:14 PM
Congressional Democratic leaders say Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch is a sign that Republicans should become more like, well, Democrats.
Washington (AP) - Congressional Democratic leaders say Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch is a sign that Republicans should become more like, well, Democrats.
 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California told reporters Wednesday that the GOP should return to the days when it advocated for the environment and individual rights. The nation, she said, needs a strong Republican Party that does not alienate moderates.
 
But not too strong, added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
 
Specter stunned the political world Tuesday by switching from Republican to Democrat. He said there aren't enough moderates left in Pennsylvania for him to win a GOP primary. Many Republicans said good riddance, but Specter's departure deeply shook the party establishment.