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GOP Senator: Craig should fight charge and save job
David Edwards
Published: Sunday September 2, 2007


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On Fox News Sunday this morning in the midst of a discussion of the resignation of Senator Larry Craig (R-ID), Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) surprised commentator Chris Wallace and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) with the following comments.

"I don't think either of them should have been asked to resign," Sen. Specter remarked. "I'd still like to see Senator Craig fight this case.

"He left himself some daylight Chris, when he said that he intends to resign in 30 days. I'd like to see Larry Craig go back to court, seek to withdraw his guilty plea and fight the case.

"I've had some experience in these kinds of matters since my days as Philadelphia district attorney, and on the evidence Senator Craig wouldn't be convicted of anything, and he's got his life on the line and 27 years in the House and the Senate and I'd like to see him fight the case 'cause I think he could be vindicated."

Wallace replied, "Are you suggesting that if he could fight the case, and could be vindicated that he should then rescind his resignation?"

"That, well he hasn't resigned," Specter said. "Bear in mind Chris, if you look closely, listen closely to what Senator Craig said he said he intends to resign. Once you resign, you're out. But when you have a statement of intent to resign, that intent can change. And if he could change the underlying sense of the case, feel of the case.... Listen, you can go to court and you withdraw a guilty plea."

The following video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast on Sept. 2.