Chris Rothfuss on Principles & Values
We need new leadership in the United States Senate. The American people are looking for change. We have all grown tired of bitter partisan politics. We have grown tired of ineffective legislation from a congress that has been unable to adequately address any of the pressing problems that have arisen in the last decade and longer. Energy, education, health care, social security, our national debt, the trade deficit--each day our situation grows worse than it was the day before, but there are no legislative solutions in sight.
We have also grown tired of corruption, of lobbyists, of senseless spending on pork barrel projects. And I don't really believe one particular political party is to blame... it is simply a failure of leadership that we must overcome. And to overcome it, we need change.
I am a consensus builder. I don't believe truly great legislation--the kind America deserves--passes with 51 votes along party lines. We can do better than that. We all deserve better than that.
And I strongly believe we need to bring a broader range of knowledge and ideas to the Senate. We need skilled professionals with a diversity of backgrounds that are better suited for the challenges of the 21st century. There are zero scientists in the Senate. Zero PhDs. One engineering degree. And 60 lawyers.
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Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
OR:*Merkley over Smith
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