Specter says he's ready to run again

Amidst reports that TV host Chris Matthews is considering challenging him for his seat, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter appeared on CNN yesterday and said that he's not backing down.

According to a transcript published on the blog TVNEWSER, here's what Specter told Wolf Blitzer on Late Edition when asked about the prospect of running against Matthews:

"Well, I'm going to have an opponent. In fact, I'm going to have two opponents, Wolf, one in the primary where I always have a tough race, and again in the general. I long ago adopted the philosophy of Satchel Paige, the old pitcher, and that is I never look over my shoulder, never look behind. Somebody may be gaining on me. I run with blinders. Wolf, I'll be prepared, whoever my opponents are."