Partisan politics block American progress

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Congratulations, America! Despite the billions of dollars poured into negative and misleading advertising by organizations funded by anonymous donors, we re-elected President Barack Obama. We have demonstrated that our vote is not for sale. We may have different priorities and legitimate differences regarding how to move the country forward, but it's time we all come together, stop the partisan bickering and work on doing what is best for the country.

I urge our congressmen and senators from both parties to work together in the spirit of compromise and do what's best for the nation. How well we do in the next four years depends upon whether we can put aside our differences and channel our resources in a way that will benefit the majority of Americans. The "what's in it for me" attitude has to end. Instead, we must think about what's best for our friends, neighbors and fellow Americans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's urging Republicans to make defeating President Obama their No. 1 priority resulted in a gridlocked Congress. It may well have also led to Mitt Romney's defeat. Partisan politics does not work and Americans can and will see through it. I urge the leaders of both parties to put aside differences and find a solution to the problems still facing America. Let us work together to make sure that we remain the leaders of the free world. Let us keep the American Dream alive and kicking.




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