Specter Tells Ingraham to 'Get Off It'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2009 8:11 AM CST
Arlen Specter and Susan Collins talk to reporters on Capitol Hill, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, as they wait for an elevator after a meeting with Harry Reid on the economic stimulus legislation.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Arlen Specter got into an on-air tiff with Laura Ingraham yesterday, when the conservative talk show host said the Republican senator must have been “wined and dined at the White House,” because he supported the stimulus package. “Oh, get off it, Laura,” a piqued Specter replied. “I’m not drinking any wine at the White House. I make my own independent judgments, don’t give me this wine and dine baloney, young lady.”

Ingraham also asked Specter if he could name a conservative economist who supported the stimulus. Specter ventured Martin Feldstein, but Ingraham responded, “No. No. No,” pointing out that Feldstein supported a stimulus, but not this stimulus. “You think you’re right and I think I’m right,” Specter said. “It’s a bitter pill, but one I think that has to be swallowed.”