Fifty years ago, the world faced nuclear war as President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Khrushchev faced off. Kennedy's clear thinking during the Cuban missile crisis helped the countries avert that terrible prospect.
In this presidential election, neither candidate is talking much about cleaning up the air or protecting scenic lands. Instead, the debate is about whether and how much environmental regulations hurt businesses.
The five-term senator, a moderate Republican-turned-Democrat, was a key member of the Judiciary Committee and consistently a thorn for leaders of both political parties and their presidents. Specter died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma at his home in Philadelphia on Sunday. He was 82.
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