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Sen. King Calls for Compromise in First Floor Speech
04/24/2013 04:24 PM ET  

Maine's newest U.S. senator tells colleagues that the great accomplishments of government have rarely been victories for one party or the other, but instead have been based on "hard-fought battles and grudging compromise.''

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Sen. Angus King, a former lecturer at Bowdoin College, struck a professorial tone in his first floor speech as he issued a call to action for Congress.

The independent former governor from Maine quoted humorist and author Mark Twain, journalist Bill Moyers, founding father Thomas Jefferson, President Abraham Lincoln and the British philosopher Lord Acton as he talked about the nature of conflict, and the need for lawmakers to rise above it.

King, who caucuses with Democrats, campaigned on the theme that the Senate is broken and that compromise is needed to get things done.

He told fellow senators Wednesday that the great accomplishments of government have rarely been victories for one party or the other, but instead have been based on "hard-fought battles and grudging compromise.''


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