Specter says he still supports Coleman, then takes it back


Sen. Arlen Specter, the recently converted Democrat can't seem to figure out what party line is supposed to support these days.

In a New York Times magazine interview, Specter expressed his support for Norm Coleman in the still contested Minnesota U.S. Senate race. Later in the evening after everyone starting flipping out, he came out and took it back.

Was he just confused or did some Democrat give him a rough slap on the wrist?

Here is the excerpt from his Q&A with the NY Times:

With your departure from the Republican Party, there are no more Jewish Republicans in the Senate. Do you care about that?

I sure do. There's still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner.

Read the whole interview and you might sense a little bit of tongue-and-cheek comments, but that doesn't exactly come across well in this answer.

Congressional Quarterly caught up with Specter later in the day Tuesday, where he told them he "misspoke".

"In the swirl of moving from one caucus to another, I have to get used to my new teammates," he said. "I'm ordinarily pretty correct in what I say. I've made a career of being precise. I conclusively misspoke." Asked who he's backing now in elections, Specter said, "I'm looking for more Democratic members. Nothing personal."