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Arlen Specter's Ratings and Endorsements

Liberal

2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2010 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 75%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 44%
2009 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 43%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2008 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 45%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 39%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 60%
2007 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 45.5%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 42%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 30%
2006 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 52.5%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 50%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 50%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 35%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 55%
2005 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 53%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2004 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 51%
2003-2004 Radical Middle - Positions 15%
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 25%
2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 15%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 46%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 52%
2003 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 50%
2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 35%
2002 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 49%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 45%
2001-2002 Radical Middle - Positions 15%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 33%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 58%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 16%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 50%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 50%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign\Defense Policy 47%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 30%

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