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Toomey Vs. Specter
More than a dime's worth of difference.


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Stephen Moore

Free market conservatives often voice frustration that in most elections voters see little ideological difference between the candidates–especially in primary races. As Kellyanne Conway of the polling company has put it, too often conservative voters are forced to choose between “vanilla and French vanilla.”

Not so in Pennsylvania’s primary election for Senate on Tuesday. Here voters have a choice between vanilla and chocolate-fudge brownie. The contrasts in the voting records of incumbent Arlen Specter and challenger Pat Toomey could hardly be more stark. To highlight those distinctions, I constructed a list below of the clarifying differences between what these two candidates stand for.













































































ToomeySpecter
National Taxpayers
Union Rating
Grade AGrade C+
Supports School choice
for parents
YesNo
Position on Bush tax
cut
Make it much biggerMake it much smaller
Medical Malpractice
reform
YesNo
Trial Lawyer Campaign
Support
close to 0$1.3 million
# of Votes for Higher
Taxes
06
Citizens Against Govt
Waste
A RatingPorker of the Year
Amer. Conservative
Union Rating
9643
Support for Free TradeYesSometimes
Taxpayer funds for
abortions
NoYes
Support National Endowment
for Arts
NoYes
Voted on $530 Medicare
Drug Bill
NoYes
Private Accounts For
Social Security
YesDepends on when he’s
asked
Farm SubsidiesNoYes

In sum, fiscal conservatives finally have a race where there is no just a dime’s worth of difference, but hundreds of billions of dollars worth.

Polls show that more than 1/3rd of self-professed conservatives in Pennsylvania are leaning toward voting for Arlen Specter. This is like an oak tree voting for a chainsaw. If conservatives do vote for Specter, they may be suffering from buyer’s remorse for the next six long years.



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