Senator Arlen Specter is one of the most compelling political figures of our lifetime. He is PA’s longest tenured Senator in history, and during a storied thirty-year career in the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter rose to chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the Intelligence Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. He presided over the confirmation hearings of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, and his questioning of Judge Robert Bork, by many accounts, prompted the Senate to reject Bork’s nomination. He led successful efforts to triple funding for the National Institutes of Health. In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the Ten-Best Senators calling him “The Contrarian”.. He even recently hosted a pilot of PBS’s Arlen Specter’s The Whole Truth,a public-affairs television program that cuts to the heart of the day’s toughest national political issues. It all ended with one vote, for President Obama’s stimulus, when Specter broke with Republicans to provide the margin of victory to prevent another Depression. Shunned by the GOP faithful, Specter changed parties, giving Democrats a sixty-vote supermajority and throwing Washington into a tailspin. He kept charging, taking the first bursts of Tea Party fire at public meetings on Obama’s health care–reform plan. Undaunted, Specter cast the key vote for the health plan. As an Assistant Counsel to the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of President Kennedy, he developed the Single Bullet Theory. As Philadelphia District Attorney, he created a national model for the modern prosecutor’s office, sought life sentences for career criminals and realistic rehabilitation for first offenders, and trail-blazed prosecutions for police brutality. He is also a well known Cancer Survivor who in his last book “Never Give In” also added the title of NY Times Bestseller to his incredible resume detailing his fight against Hodgkin’s Disease.
With his new book “Life Among the Cannibals”, Senator Specter candidly describes the battles that led to his party switch, his tough transition, the unexpected struggles and duplicity that he faced, and his tumultuous campaign and eventual defeat in the 2010 Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Taking us behind the scenes in the Capitol, the White House, and on the campaign trail, he shows how the rise of extremists—in both parties—has displaced tolerance with purity tests, purging centrists, and precluding moderate, bipartisan consensus.
Here are some what people have to say about this political icon:
Praise for Never Give In
“Written in Senator Specter’s trademark candor, Never Give In is a compelling tale of survival—both personal and political—from one of the Senate’s most independent voices.”
–Vice President Joe Biden
“Never Give In brims with the singular tenacity and humor that have characterized Arlen Specter’s nearly thirty years in the United States Senate. This book is both an entertaining read and an unflinching account of the experience of fighting an intensely personal battle on a highly public stage.”
–Michael J. Fox
“He knows a thing or two about illness and politics. It’s a hell of a read.”
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with one of the most influential, groundbreaking, and pioneering political figures of his lifetime to talk about his storied career in the Senate as a “Centrist” and “Moderate”, how he feels no longer being in Public Office, where he sees the current election headed, what Washington is really like with growing extremism in both parties, his stand-up comedy career (He is absolutely hilarious as you will see in this interview!), growing up Jewish in Kansas, and sooo much more! What an honor to sit with a man who has had such an influence on modern day society and Government, and a profound impact on the way we as citizens live our lives! Enjoy Kade Nation!!