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Q&A: Debbie Stabenow On Divisive Politics Detroit Plans (Tea Party mentioned;)
CBS ^ | May 11, 2014 | EMMA FIDEL and DAVID EGGERT Associated Press

Posted on 05/13/2014 8:36:10 PM PDT by mdittmar

Edited on 05/13/2014 8:50:52 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

DETROIT (AP) – Passing legislation in Congress is notoriously difficult today, but it’s “a whole lot more fun than spinning your wheels,” according to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

The Michigan Democrat recently shepherded the sweeping agriculture spending bill through Congress and is helping to craft the party’s playbook for the November midterm elections. She spoke with The Associated Press on Friday about getting things done in what she called “horribly difficult, contentious, divisive times.”

Here are some highlights:

AP: What did you do differently to pass the farm bill in the second round of negotiations?

Stabenow: It was a lot of listening to what people’s interests were, trying to find common ground … Too much of the time right now in politics, people are trying to put the other side in a corner, make sure that you lose.

When the Tea Party killed it in 2012, rather than going back and trying to write this in a way they would like, we decided to keep a good bill and just work harder to get support. A lot of what happens today is people change things so that what they’re trying to do gets weaker and weaker.

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The Michigan Democrat recently shepherded the sweeping agriculture spending bill through Congress and is helping to craft the party’s playbook for the November midterm elections

It may be worse for the dems than I thought,looking forward to November.

1 posted on 05/13/2014 8:36:10 PM PDT by mdittmar
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I hope AP was wearing a nice cheer leading outfit to match the questions...
2 posted on 05/13/2014 8:40:20 PM PDT by GOPJ (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator. - - Freeper Balding_Eagle)
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To: mdittmar

Never underestimate the gullibility of the majority of the American people.


3 posted on 05/13/2014 8:40:25 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: mdittmar

You own the division, beyotch Wear it


4 posted on 05/13/2014 8:41:26 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey 2008, we told you so)
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To: mdittmar

This is pure statist, leftist policies.


5 posted on 05/13/2014 8:46:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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6 posted on 05/13/2014 10:58:26 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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The AP and the rest of the doddering old media are starting to polish up old Debbie for the fall election. It will sure take a lot of elbow grease to make her shine:
7 posted on 05/14/2014 4:50:12 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones)
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