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Snowe: Fiscal Cliff Underscores Partisan Problem
12/31/2012 2:01 PM ET  

Maine's retiring U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe says that she has found a career's worth of proof in her desk that Republicans and Democrats can come together to reach consensus.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine has been cleaning out her office while negotiators for the White House and congressional Republicans try to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff.''

Snowe says that she has found a career's worth of proof in her desk that Republicans and Democrats can come together to reach consensus. She says she's concerned because many recently elected senators are part of an era in which they don't know how to work together.

The Maine Republican says she has no regrets about leaving the Senate, even as the stalemate over the fiscal cliff underscored the corrosive partisanship that caused her to abandon her congressional career.

She said she's at peace with her decision but that she's saddened "that we're not rising to the level of leadership that these times command.''

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