2004 Foe Will Challenge Specter for Nomination

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2009 10:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Riding a wave of dissatisfaction with Arlen Specter's vote on the federal stimulus, conservative Pat Toomey will again campaign to be the GOP's Senate nominee in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Although Toomey didn't announce until today, the two have been arguing publicly in the last few weeks. Specter, who eked out a narrow victory in 2004, even took out TV ads trying to link Toomey to the financial crisis.

“We can stop the bailouts and the spending stampede,” Toomey said in taped remarks criticizing Specter's "yea" votes on TARP and the stimulus. “I am running for the US Senate because I believe the economic stakes for our country have never been higher."