In the interview, to be published in this Sunday's New York Times, Specter was asked, "with your departure from the Republican Party, there are no more Jewish Republicans in the Senate. Do you care about that?"
"I sure do," he replied. "There's still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner."
But Specter quickly walked his comments back, telling Congressional Quarterly, "I conclusively misspoke."
He added: "In the swirl of moving from one caucus to another, I have to get used to my new teammates. I'm ordinarily pretty correct in what I say. I've made a career of being precise."