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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter took a shot at GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney Wednesday by comparing him to an adult film star.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the Republican-turned-Democratic senator made the comment after being asked to weigh in on the future of the GOP.
“The Republican Party has moved so far to the right, you can’t recognize Mitt Romney. What Mitt Romney will appear in October? Mitt Romney has changed positions more often than a pornographic movie queen,” Specter said.
Specter’s quip brought some awkward chuckles from the “Morning Joe” panel, and prompted co-host Joe Scarborough to cut to some footage of Specter’s recent stand-up comedy routines.
Watch below, via MSNBC:
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday the GOP primary process is essentially wrapped up for Mitt Romney, though stopped short of endorsing him.
“I think the primary’s over, Romney will be the nominee,” Graham, a Republican, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Fiscal and social conservatives will unite and form a bond with libertarians and independents and we’ll win the White House if we can run a good fall campaign. Won’t be easy, but I like our chances.”
He continued, “It’ll be Romney. The elephant hasn’t sung yet, but she’s warming up.”
Asked by host Candy Crowley whether that was an endorsement of the former Massachusetts governor, Graham demurred: “I haven’t endorsed anybody, but I think — I’m very comfortable with him.”
“Rick keeps exceeding expectations but you know Romney won five delegates in Louisiana,” Graham said, referring to former Sen. Rick Santorum’s Saturday win in Louisiana’s primary.
“He’ll get to 1,144 [delegates],” Graham continued. “The last thing I want is a brokered convention.”
A woman shouted at Rick Santorum to “pretend it’s Obama” as he fired off some rounds during a campaign stop at a shooting range in Louisiana on Friday.
According to ABC News, neither Santorum — who was far away and wearing earmuffs — nor his staffers heard the woman’s outburst, but it was clearly audible to the journalists who were there him.
Watch below, via ABC:
“It’s absurd,” Santorum told reporters afterward when informed of the woman’s shout. “No we’re not pretending it’s anybody but shooting pistols. It’s a very terrible and horrible remark and I’m glad I didn’t hear it.”
The Secret Service, which protects Santorum, was trying to identify the woman, the Associated Press reported.
“Typically, in an incident like this, we attempt to identify the individual, speak to them and then figure out what the next steps are,” Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said. “People have a right to free speech but we have a right and an obligation to determine what their intent is.”