Now out of Senate, Snowe supports same-sex marriage
April 5th, 2013
01:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Now out of Senate, Snowe supports same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Olympia Snowe, who after serving three terms in the U.S. Senate did not seek re-election last year, said in an interview Friday that as public opinion has shifted on same-sex marriage, so have her views.

"I think obviously this has evolved over time on the whole issue for the whole country and the nations," Snowe, a moderate Republican, told CNN. "We've seen a sea change in society's whole attitude on this particular issue and it's only natural for government to be responsive to those changes."
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Filed under: Olympia Snowe • Same-sex marriage
November 19th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Sen. Snowe says Americans 'fed up' with Washington gridlock

(CNN) - Retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe said Americans are "fed up with the posturing in Washington."

A moderate Republican from Maine, Snowe shocked the political world in February when she announced that she would not seek a fourth term in the Senate because of its "debilitating partisanship, polarization and the overall dysfunction."
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Filed under: 2012 • Fiscal Cliff • Olympia Snowe
Independent leads Republican, Democrat in race to replace Snowe
July 11th, 2012
04:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Independent leads Republican, Democrat in race to replace Snowe

(CNN) - Former Gov. Angus King leads his rivals in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

The Portland Press Herald poll puts King at 55%, with Republican Secretary of State Charlie Summers at 27% and Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill at 7%.
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Snowe backs Brown in Massachusetts Senate battle
March 8th, 2012
12:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Snowe backs Brown in Massachusetts Senate battle

(CNN) – Outgoing Sen. Olympia Snowe gave her endorsement to another centrist Republican senator Thursday–one who's fighting to keep his seat.

Snowe endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in his effort to hold onto the seat he wrested from Democrats in a 2010 special election.
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Filed under: Congress • Olympia Snowe • Scott Brown
March 4th, 2012
12:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Snowe retirement a blow to Senate's 'sensible center'

Washington (CNN) - When Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine rocked the political world with her announcement that she would not seek a fourth term in the Senate, she was forthright in expressing her frustration with "an atmosphere of polarization" in politics.

But for all her transparency, it was one of Snowe's Senate colleagues who perhaps best summed up her motivation for deciding to end her decades-long tenure on Capitol Hill.

"I think she lost hope," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told CNN.

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Filed under: Congress • Olympia Snowe
February 29th, 2012
05:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Snowe explains decision to leave, defends tough criticism of Senate

Washington (CNN) - A day after she shocked her colleagues and constituents by announcing her retirement, moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine explained her decision and defended tough criticism she leveled at her colleagues when she announced why she would leave the Senate.

"People are just stunned by the debilitating partisanship, polarization and the overall dysfunction of the institution and political paralysis as we come, you know, to the point of extreme when it comes to resolving the problems facing our country," a frustrated Snowe told CNN Wednesday. "It's become an all or nothing proposition and that failure has eroded the public's confidence about the direction of this country and about governing institutions to be at the front lines of solving these problems."
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Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Olympia Snowe • Senate
Citing partisanship, Snowe stuns with departure news
February 28th, 2012
06:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Citing partisanship, Snowe stuns with departure news

Washington (CNN) – While issuing a harsh critique of the partisanship that often has the Senate in gridlock, Olympia Snowe, a three-term moderate Republican from Maine, stunned her colleagues Tuesday when she announced she would not seek re-election.

Her unexpected decision could make it more difficult for hopeful Republicans to win back the majority in the chamber where Democrats currently hold a 53-47 seat advantage.
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Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Olympia Snowe • Republicans • Senate
Maine senator will not seek re-election
February 28th, 2012
05:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Maine senator will not seek re-election

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine announced Tuesday she will retire rather than seek re-election this year, surprising colleagues and perhaps casting the future of her seat in doubt.

The decision was made "after an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration," she said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Maine • Olympia Snowe • Senate
Obama urges payroll tax cut extension, Senate Republicans push balanced budget amendment
December 3rd, 2011
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama urges payroll tax cut extension, Senate Republicans push balanced budget amendment

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called on Congress Saturday to extend the payroll tax cut, warning a failure to do so would take away a tax break of about $1,000 for middle-class families.

"We can't let that happen," he said in his weekly address. "In fact, I think we should cut taxes on working families and small business owners even more."
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Filed under: Budget • Olympia Snowe • President Obama • Republicans • Senate • Taxes
Snowe hit for debt ceiling vote
August 2nd, 2011
04:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Snowe hit for debt ceiling vote

(CNN) - It's been three hours and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is already getting hammered from the right over her vote to increase the debt ceiling.

Scott D'Amboise, a conservative Republican who's vying for Snowe's Senate seat, e-mailed his supporters Tuesday accusing the moderate three-term senator of having "lied to us."
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Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Olympia Snowe • Scott D'Amboise
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