(CNN)– Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said officials have to be "more realistic" in their approach to problem solving in Washington, and that "consensus should not be a dirty word."
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Murkowski said, "I think what is important is how you achieve the ends here. When we're talking about reducing spending, lets not deceive people into thinking if you eliminate ear marks all of a sudden we will not be operating out of deficit. "
"We need to be more realistic when it comes to how we deal with our entitlements and that kind of spending, but right now there's a lot of very simplistic solutions out there to some very difficult and complex problems that we face as a state and as a nation."
Murkowski conceded to Tea Party-backed Joe Miller after he won the Republican primary in August. But she elected to pursue a write-in campaign after deciding she had a chance to once again win the Senate seat.
Asked about the views of the Tea Party, Murkowski said, "I think it's important to recognize that many of the issues that are brought up in the Tea Party – the issue of pushing back against government regulation, how we deal with debt and spending – these are issues we should all be focused on. Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, non-Tea Party."
"Consensus should not be a dirty word in the political process," Murkowski said. "And yet there are some who believe that we should never be reaching across the aisle; I couldn't disagree more."
A new CNN/Time Opinion Research Corporation poll out Wednesday showed Lisa Murkowski and Joe Miller tied among likely voters.
If she wins this election, Murkowski would be the first write-in candidate to do so since Strom Thurmond won his write-in bid in 1954.
Murkowski is on track to win. Even though I'm not a Republican, it will be hilarious to see Sarah Palin's plan blowup in her face, in her own state none the less!
Spoken like a true liberal which is why you're fired Lisa.
miller is blowing it big time and he should get beat,go lisa.
It is amazing how the imperius curse lifts from Republicans once they leave their party.
Seems like while they a part of that party, they can not stray one step from it.
...DO AS YOU ARE TOLD BY THE MASTERS...
It's an amazing freedom to be parted from that cursed party, it not only saves you headaches and embarrassment of lying and pleasing the "Masters" but it saves your soul too. Too bad that those who awoke from that "follow the leader off the cliff" stupor have to pay for their freedoms, like Christ and Murkowski.
Just know that both of you, Christ and Murkowski, are now free of the curse and your souls are not in jeopardy any more.
the politicians have made the word "consensus" a dirty word. We the american people want people with a spine and say this is where i draw the line, where i am on an issue, this is where i'll die to make this happen. Murkowski you dont fit in that category.
Wow, she sounds so sensible all of a sudden, if she wins, will she stay that way? Doubt it.
vote for the democrat and that should solve the problem. Alaskans are on welfare anyway with the pipeline check so they sure don't mind getting money from big business.
Hey DUMMY! Consensus accompanied by mutual consessions and agreement is one thing. Consensus with socialists that want it their way or no way is insanity. This is why this dummy lost the primary. Looks like she is bucking to lose again. Somebody this dumb shouldn't be in Congress. She needs to get some principles and learn how to stick to them.
Oh, Lisa If only you could reach across the aisle on the stimulus, healthcare , wall st reform, unc benefits and the small business job bill. But you so no, to every thing President Obama purpose. You even block to raise the limits to fined BP. But, now Murkowiski is having a come to Jesus momemt to get Democrats votes. I hope you Loose.
RINO Lisa is a soreloserwoman.
She sounds like a thoughtful well reasoned professional. So there's no way she's getting elected.
This diehard Democrat completely agrees with her!
No but murkoski is it stands for sore loser and the job was given to her by her dad is she taking and failing the bar for the 7th time
Eliminating ear-marks may not make the deficit budgets go away, but they will certainly lower the deficit. The government needs to do what we all have to do, live within it's means. A lot of businesses have become more efficient rather than hire new people as the economy is slowly recovering. Why can't government do the same thing? Become more efficient in order to save costs. Unfortunately, either government raises taxes or prices (USPS), or they simply cut back.