Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), who knows a thing or two about being a swing vote in the Senate on major pieces of legislation, says he thinks Democratic leaders will get the 60 votes needed to advance health care reform in its first vote on Saturday. "Getting 60 votes is never easy, but I believe we'll get the 60 votes. Frequently, senators will vote for cloture to start the debate, reserve judgment depending upon how the amendments go," Specter told MSNBC. But Specter has been considered a key swing vote--with margins equally narrow to those on health care--on both the stimulus and the Employee Free Choice Act, so he speaks from a position of some authority here.
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