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Arlen Specter
February 12, 1930 -
Nationality: American
Category: Politician
Subcategory: American Politician

As I think through the issue of funding the rebuilding of Iraq, I think about the analogy of a bankruptcy proceeding. There is no doubt that Iraq as a country is bankrupt.


When the students are occupied, they're not juvenile delinquents. I believe that education is a capital investment.


There is no doubt that our nation's security and defeating terrorism trump all other priorities.


We are not utilizing the Iraqi oil for U.S. purposes. We are not asking that the Iraqi oil be used to pay our military expenses. We are asking only that the Iraqi oil be used to rebuild Iraq - that is, to rebuild Iraq for the Iraqi people.


American credibility in the war on terrorism depends on a strong stand against all terrorist acts, whether committed by foe or friend.


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.


Effective security measures do not come cheap.


The essence of a democracy is a free electorate.


As a matter of traditional and sound constitutional doctrine, an amendment to the Constitution should be the last resort when all other measures have proved inadequate.


I must say I am not pleased to have to arrange the Senate schedule around the availability of Senators who are running for President.


Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns.


If you are going to have to play defense all the time, you cannot have the kind of ingenuity, assertiveness, independence, and intelligence which is what has made our country strong.


The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens.


Heart disease continues to be the number one killer; cancer, the number 2 killer, not far behind. The tragic aspect of these deadly diseases is that they could all be cured, I do believe, if we had sufficient funding.


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