- The Washington Times - Friday, March 6, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pat Toomey nearly beat Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s 2004 Republican primary. Now, Toomey, president of the anti-tax Club for Growth, says he’s weighing another run against Specter.

Toomey says in a statement released Monday that he thinks government bailouts are taking the country on a dangerously wrong path and that’s why he’s considering a Senate bid next year.

Specter beat Toomey in the primary by about 17,000 votes out of more than a million cast. Specter went on to win a fifth term.

The 79-year-old Specter has battled Hodgkin’s disease, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Toomey is a former House member from northeast Pennsylvania.

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