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" 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. "
" Obviously, I have been a pro-choice candidate for my entire political career, and obviously there is controversy always surrounding this issue. "
" When I was a single, working mom with a newborn, I learned just how vital it is to have comprehensive, affordable health care. "
" 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. "
" Well, I'm wrestling alligators. "
" You have to be willing to offend in order to make progress. "
" 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. "
" No commander in chief would ever say, 'I'm not going to listen to the guys on the ground.' "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The political system loves the extremes, it doesn't so much show a lot love for the moderates. "
" 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. "
" When I was a prosecutor in Kansas City, my job was to fight for justice and safety for all citizens in my community. Equal access to justice under the law is an American value embedded in the fabric of our legal and political system - the idea that anybody, powerful or not, can have their day in court. "
" I think I'm the last Democrat left in the Senate after Russ Feingold was defeated that won't take earmarks. "
" 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. "
" There are three legs of the stool; spending, entitlements and making the tax code fair and equitable. That's the three legs of the stool. If we do all of those in a responsible, bipartisan way, I think the American people would all be very, very happy. "
" 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. "
" 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 think there are certain folks in Missouri that don't trust government. And they haven't trusted government for a long time. "
" Respecting the Second Amendment does not mean abandoning common sense. The right to own guns in this country must remain, while we also must strengthen our laws to prevent mass shootings. "
" You know, we've got to be responsible about our debt. We don't want the United States to ever be a dead beat, and not be able to pay its bills, either to our soldiers who are fighting or to Social Security recipients. "
" Many countries struggle and never get to the point where people have faith that laws are executed fairly. "
" 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. "
" We need candidate schools to recruit more young African-Americans to run for office and more diverse law enforcement communities. "
" 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. "
" When the Tea Party comes to town, compromise goes out the door. "
" It seems to me that before we give federal funds to police departments, we ought to mandate that they have body cams. "
" 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. "