10 Questions for Arlen Specter

HE HAD TO BEAT BACK A CHALLENGE FROM CONSERVATIVES, WHO WERE WARY of his pro-choice views, but now Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is leading the Senate's scrutiny of President Bush's court nominees. The Pennsylvania Republican, 75, who recently revealed he has Hodgkin's disease, a form of cancer, spoke with TIME's Massimo Calabresi.

AFTER THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT TRIED TO BLOCK YOUR CHAIRMANSHIP, DID YOU MAKE ANY PROMISE TO PRESIDENT BUSH ABOUT HOW YOU WOULD VOTE ON JUDICIAL NOMINEES? My commitment was to give his nominees a prompt hearing and report them out of committee. I couldn't make a...

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