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" After holding hearings to get input from Missourians, I led the fight to pass legislation that protects seniors from predatory lending in the mortgage industry. I stood up against efforts that would make it harder for seniors to vote, and battled telemarketers bent on defrauding seniors. "
" All the movies where I play nice guys don't seem to do very well. "
" Along with my colleagues Mark Warner and Sheldon Whitehouse, I have been working to end the process of secret holds, which is when senators anonymously block legislation or nominations without explanation. "
" As a member of the Aging Committee, I'm no stranger to fighting for America's seniors. "
" Being a new mother was a joyful and sometimes overwhelming experience - and as the first Missouri female state legislator to have a baby while in office, having heath care for myself and my son gave me some needed peace of mind. "
" Clearly, a large number of African-Americans don't have faith that the laws are being executed fairly in Ferguson, and that's a problem... We need to ensure Africans-Americans feel confident in the rule of law. "
" Corporate governance is a huge issue too. We don't have women on these corporate boards. More than half of the students in law school are women, more than half of the women, I think, in medical school now are women. "
" Do I want Social Security to be there for my kids and my grandkids? Absolutely. Will I fight like a tiger to make sure that we protect Social Security? I absolutely will. "
" Frankly, earmarking is not the problem. It is a symptom of the problem. "
" I am a small-town girl. "
" I don't know how anyone can keep a straight face and say they are for deficit reduction while they insist on a permanent tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, completely unpaid for. "
" If you look through history, all of the great work we've done in Congress has been around a table of compromise, when it comes to the most difficult problems. "
" I have been very independent from day I arrived in Washington. "
" I'm a moderate. I hang out in the middle. I vote against my party with some regularity and try to compromise. It doesn't appear right now that the Republican Party is welcoming moderates any more. "
" I'm asking regular folks to be my super PAC. "
" I'm going to work with Republicans when they do things I agree with and I'm going to fight Republicans when they're doing things that I think are damaging. "
" I'm the only United States Senator in the country that I'm aware of that's had the far left up on TV and the far right up on TV against me at the same time. "
" I never need to go far if I need a reminder of how important Medicare and Social Security are to Missouri's seniors. My mom, Betty Anne, is one of millions for whom these services provide a reliable safety net. Across the country, these protections are an integral part of sustaining millions of seniors' health and dignity. "
" I started in the mailroom, literally, as an intern... in 1974. The legislator I was working for at the time said, 'I want you to get your law degree and come back here and get elected and be the first woman governor.' I kind of took that guy seriously - I thought that sounded like a pretty good idea. "
" I think, first of all, you know, Washington has a bad habit of a very short attention span. "
" I think I'm the last Democrat left in the Senate after Russ Feingold was defeated that won't take earmarks. "
" I think there are certain folks in Missouri that don't trust government. And they haven't trusted government for a long time. "
" It seems to me that before we give federal funds to police departments, we ought to mandate that they have body cams. "
" It's very American, making a lot of money. "
" I've got a really hard election. If you had a really hard election and it was after Labor Day would you go to North Carolina to a bunch of parties and glad-handing or would you stay home and work as hard as you know how to convince Missourians they should rehire you? "
" I voted against my party with some frequency, because of my independence. I've just got to remind Missourians that I am independent and that I try to call them like I see them, and sometimes my party is wrong on some things. "
" I was in the room with, you know, more than a dozen Republicans trying to negotiate the stimulus. Most of them decided the politics of the situation meant they should walk away, even if it wasn't responsible in terms of what our country needed right then. "
" Many civil rights came about, not when they were passed into law, but because the federal government did what it should and saw them enforced. "
" Many countries struggle and never get to the point where people have faith that laws are executed fairly. "
" My first obligation is my job. It's very hard to really get into campaign mode when you've got to focus on doing the work. "
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