Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen
Specter has said that Rick Santorum's views on social issues are not
in step with the rest of America.
Specter, a former Republican, endorsed
Santorum's 2006 Senate campaign.
Appearing Friday on MSNBC, Specter said
he would not endorse Santorum for president.
“No, I would not,” Specter told
anchor Chuck Todd. “My support for him for reelection to the
Senate was based upon what he and I did as a team and on his
“But when you have Senator Santorum's
views so far to the right, with his attitude on women in the
workplace and gays and the bestiality comments and birth control. I
do not think it is realistic for Rick Santorum to represent America.”
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According to ThinkProgress.com,
Santorum said he was “happy” to be opposed by Specter.
“I'm happy that Arlen Specter is
opposing me, I think that shows how strong a conservative I am and I
was able to go out and fight for the conservative cause and have
victories for the conservative cause,” Santorum is quoted as saying
on the Laura Ingraham radio show.
In 2009, Specter
reversed course and endorsed marriage equality.