Jeff Merkley on Principles & Values
Democratic Jr Senator (OR)
But Merkley said he has been endorsed by Wyden. �Sen. Wyden needs a partner in Jeff Merkley,� he said. Merkley said Smith has voted with Bush 90% of the time.
Yet for all that, he has become best known as the �establishment� candidate in a field of less-experienced upstarts. �I started this race unknown to Oregonians,� Merkley says. �What they hear is �speaker of the House.� That sounds pretty uninteresting. There�s no way to convey in a 30-second ad the history of your life.�
I�m the son of a mill-worker, the first in my family to attend college. I believe in an America that gives every child the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential. I believe in an America that paves a broad road for families to thrive. It is time to make America work for working Americans again!
George Bush, John McCain, and Gordon Smith have given us a government that puts oil company profits ahead of drivers� pain at the pump and tax loopholes that ship jobs overseas instead of tax relief for the middle class.
Y�know, my opponent talks like Barack Obama, but he votes like George Bush. Oregon needs a senator who will fight for affordable health care, living wage jobs, an end to the war and a smart energy policy, not a senator who will give us more of Bush and McCain�s failed policies.
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
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