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Maggie Hassan on Principles & Values

 

 


We do democracy better: we argue but then solve problems

Many of our challenges will require tough choices and even tougher votes. There will be times when reaching consensus seems impossible, when debates and arguments may get heated.

But what matters--to our economy, to our businesses, to the people of our state--is what we do after we argue. Building on our progress and accelerating our economic recovery will require us to set aside preconceived notions. We will need to be rigorous in examining our own long-held positions. We will have to work to identify our common ground--and then seize upon it.

I like to say that, in New Hampshire, we do democracy better than anyplace else. In the past year, we have proven this to be true despite our status as one of the few states with a legislature split between the parties.

Unlike Washington, we have shown time and again that we are capable of engaging with each other, putting arguments aside and coming together to solve problems, leading to progress for our businesses and families.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Connecticut legislature , Feb 6, 2014

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