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Specter says Santorum not telling truth about 2004 race

Former U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum always had a complicated relationship. It just got more so. Specter appeared on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown show this morning and said Santorum was not telling the truth about him during a recent Republican presidential debate.

Specter says Santorum not telling truth about 2004 race

Former U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum always had a complicated political relationship.  It just got even more so.  Specter appeared on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown show this morning and said Santorum was not telling the truth about him during a Republican presidential debate this week.

Santorum, who opposes abortion, takes some hits from conservatives for supporting Specter, who is pro-choice, in the 2004 Republican senatorial election against Pat Toomey.  Santorum, responding to former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney during the debate, said he struck a deal with Specter for his political support that year.  Santorum claimed Specter pledged to support any nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court from then-President George W. Bush in return for political support.

"That is flatly not true," Specter says just after the 3-minute mark in this video. "We never had any such conversation. It would be improper to make a commitment on a vote before I knew who the nominee was and whether I thought the nominee was qualified."

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