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Specter apologizes to Bachmann

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Arlen Specter phoned Rep.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Arlen Specter phoned Rep. Michele Bachmann Sunday night to apologize for telling her to “act like a lady” during a debate the two had on health care last Wednesday on a Philadelphia talk radio station.

Bachmann spokesman Dave Dziok confirmed the conversation in an e-mail.

“He called her last night on her cell phone, he apologized for his comments, and she accepted,” Dziok said.

Our previous coverage of Specter-Bachmann is here.

The exchange has become part of the campaign narrative against Specter in Pennsylvania, where faces a tough primary and general reelection fight. Specter, who switched parties in 2009, faces a challenge from the left in the form of Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary, then the winner takes on the very conservative former Club For Growth president Pat Toomey in the general election. Specter beat Toomey  in a 2004 GOP primary.