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President Obama got an assist from then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania in Febraury 2009 when he provided a key vote for the economic stimulus package. As Mr. Specter leaves the Senate after 30 years, he says he wouldn't change a thing about his political path, which included switching political parties. (Associated Press)

President Obama got an assist from then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania in Febraury 2009 when he provided a key vote for the economic stimulus package. As Mr. Specter leaves the Senate after 30 years, he says he wouldn't change a thing about his political path, which included switching political parties. (Associated Press)

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