To the Editor:
I am honored by the trust the people of Maine have placed in me. During my years of service in the United States Senate, I have always been guided by the best traditions of the State of Maine: independence, moderation, and hard work.
Throughout our nation’s history, we have solved problems and met challenges as great as those we face today. We have done so by engaging in civil, constructive debate. We have done so not by viewing ourselves solely as Republicans or Democrats, as liberals, conservatives, or moderates, but as Americans. In Congress, we often speak of our colleagues “across the aisle.” It is my belief that the aisle is not a barrier, but an avenue and bipartisanship is the bridge that is essential to pass major legislation.
I am proud of my accomplishments in the Senate. I have worked hard to strengthen our national security, to improve access to quality, affordable health care, to help young people afford the high cost of education, and to create good-paying jobs. I am proud of my 98-percent lifetime voting record of support for small business, which is the backbone of our state’s economy.
I am an independent voice for Maine because I know neither party holds a monopoly on good ideas. In keeping with the example set by my inspiration in public service, Margaret Chase Smith, I have never missed a roll call vote. I work hard for you day and night.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I have been given to serve you in Washington. I ask for your support on Nov. 4.
Susan Collins, United States Senator, Caribou