November 19th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
10 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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"They have manufactured all the crisises that have developed in the last two years with regard to the economy and the debt ceiling and the fiscal crisis, deferring the tax cut expiration, the spending cuts," she said Monday. " All of that has been manufactured by Congress."

"It's because it was all positioning for the next election," Snowe continued, adding the inability of lawmakers to reach common ground was because of political interests instead of the best course for country.

Sen.-elect Angus King, an independent who won Olympia's seat, announced last week he would caucus with Democrats, giving the party a ten-vote advantage over Republicans in the upper chamber.

Filed under: 2012 • Fiscal Cliff • Olympia Snowe
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  1. Jess

    >Rudy NYC
    >A Democratic House would have passed the Jobs Bill, to repair infrastructure like roads, railways and bridges.

    We already spent nearly a trillion we had to borrow and Obama joked projects weren't as shovel ready as he thought. We are still at record unemployment and now record debt. If creating REAL jobs was as easy as passing bills in Congress, why didn't the Democrats do it from 2007-2010? They controlled both the House and Senate.

    Besides, Obama says the private sector is doing just fine but government is hurting. How insane is THAT?! But we get 4 more years of the inmates running the asylum. And now they are complaining about all the taxes they have demanded finally taking effect. What's with that? Scream you want taxes, finally get them then scream you don't want them. Democrat insanity.

    November 19, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    California Gary

    You took the words right out of my mouth Pander Bear......
    I'll co-sign that!

    November 19, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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