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  • "I will not be changing my own personal independence or my own approach to individual issues. I will not be an automatic 60th vote," Mr. Specter said. "If the Democratic Party asks too much, I will not hesitate to disagree and vote my independent thinking and what I consider as a matter of conscience to be in the interest of the state and nation."

    Specter joins Democrats opposed to key Obama goals →

  • As if to underscore the point, Mr. Specter used his defection news conference to announce he will oppose Dawn Johnson, Mr. Obama's pick to run the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel, and said he would still vote against Democrats' efforts to pass card check, a bill that would make it easier to organize unions, and said he opposes using fast-track rules to overhaul health care.

    Specter joins Democrats opposed to key Obama goals →

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