Specter: I am going ahead with re-election

A mention by U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter about undergoing chemotherapy treatment today inadvertantly created the impression he was receiving treatment again, leading the noon newscast of WPVI-TV in Philadelphia..

At a Judiciary Committee hearing at which it approved Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, Specter said he had watery eyes due to chemotherapy.

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Sen. Arlen Specter, shown in a July 13 photo.

He went on to say that he was “not infirm in any way” and was going ahead with plans to seek re-election.

His office said the chemotherapy in question was last year. WPVI corrected its newscast.

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