WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Arlen Specter ignited a new round of speculation about his health when he remarked that his eyes and nose were running as a side effect of chemotherapy. A spokeswoman quickly said Specter has not suffered a recurrence of cancer or undergone the treatment in more than a year.
The 79-year-old senator, who switched earlier this year from Republican to Democrat and is up for what's expected to be a tough re-election fight, made the comment Tuesday during the Judiciary Committee's deliberations on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.
"If you see me dab at my eyes, I'm not sad," Specter said. "It's chemotherapy and I've made the Kleenex industry wealthy. But I'm glad to say that I'm fit as a fiddle, ready for re-election, I'm not infirm in any way, just a little consequence of chemotherapy. But I make that comment because people wonder about it."