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Arlen Gets Magic

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers great, made a surprise appearance today at the University of Pennsylvania to endorse Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) in his Senate reelection bid. Although the endorsement was unplanned, after a chance encounter on campus, the NBA Hall-of-Famer decided to introduce Specter before a group of about 100 students. Johnson called Specter “a treasure… a man who has given his life to make our life better,” and a “man who has fought hard, never for himself, to make sure we get the best of the best.”


“What he stands for, what he’s all about — this young man right here –” said Johnson to laughs, “is that he stands for something. He has been on the forefront of bringing about change.”


Before leaving, NRO asked Johnson if he would make an official endorsement, after his long, complimentary talk. “In two seconds, of course,” said Johnson.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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