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" As a member of the Aging Committee, I'm no stranger to fighting for America's seniors. "
" The political system loves the extremes, it doesn't so much show a lot love for the moderates. "
" We shouldn't deny the right of the minority to filibuster, but we need to do a much better job of making them own it. That way, the American people could figure out who is being obstructionist and who is willing to compromise. "
" Well, I'm wrestling alligators. "
" It's very American, making a lot of money. "
" I am a small-town girl. "
" I have been very independent from day I arrived in Washington. "
" We have a lot of things we give away to people who are very, very wealthy in this country. And I'm not sure that our federal government can afford that. "
" When you work in the United States Senate, and you are around people of all different ideas and beliefs, you realize that what our Founding Fathers did that was so genius, is that they made the Senate the place where compromises are supposed to happen because of the makeup of the Senate. "
" 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 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 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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'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? "
" What we have done with No Child Left Behind is squeeze the creativity out of the classroom because teachers have begun to just teaching to the test. "
" No commander in chief would ever say, 'I'm not going to listen to the guys on the ground.' "
" There's nothing that irritates Americans more than the fact that some members of Congress think they are entitled to their own set of rules. And it's true - too many people in Washington live in an alternate reality. "
" Only in Washington would the Republican operatives get the entire press corps ginned up over the notion that I'm going to be home campaigning instead of going to a bunch of worthless parties at a convention that's only being held to do something we all know is going to happen anyway. "
" 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. "
" When the Tea Party comes to town, compromise goes out the door. "
" We need candidate schools to recruit more young African-Americans to run for office and more diverse law enforcement communities. "
" I'm asking regular folks to be my super PAC. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The Missourians I hear from just don't buy the idea that the only way to tackle the national debt is to drastically alter Medicare and Social Security. "
" Frankly, earmarking is not the problem. It is a symptom of the problem. "
" The NRA grades senators and representatives based on their votes on gun issues - and even on issues that have little-to-nothing to do with guns. "
" 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. "