With record of bipartisanship in the Senate, King offers hopeful outlook for Maine
BRUNSWICK, ME — During a race for U.S. Senate marred by negative attack ads, false robocalls to Maine people, angry tweets, and unsubstantiated allegations funded by outside donors and dark money, U.S. Senator Angus King has run a campaign focused on solutions to the challenges facing Maine people. The campaign has not run a single attack ad. Senator King’s campaign has been an extension of his work in Washington to promote genuine political discourse focused on the issues facing Maine, and commitment to work with people of all backgrounds for the good of the state and the nation.
“Maine people don’t want someone to blame for their problems — they want someone who will work to solve them,” said Senator King. “The way that you find solutions is by bringing people to the table who will work together to find real answers that can address the challenges we all face, not by attacking those around you in an effort to lift yourself up. That’s what I’ve done for six years in Washington, and I’m proud to have run a civil, positive campaign that focuses on addressing the issues facing Maine people.”
Senator King’s campaign has focused on his work on the issues that matter to the people of Maine, not attacks on others. On Friday he released his final ad, highlighting his efforts to “build on the good”. Additional campaign ads include videos highlighting his record of service to Maine and his commitment to the veterans of our state. Additionally, several ads have featured Maine people discussing the impact of Senator King’s positive leadership, including his work to address the high cost of child care and his efforts to grow rural Maine’s economy.
During his first term as Senator, Angus King’s work has been focused on bipartisan solutions to build a better future. Working with Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and others, Senator King helped spearhead a bipartisan student loan deal that has saved Maine students over $250 million in interest rates. He worked across the aisle to pass a comprehensive bill to address the opioid epidemic – a crisis which has affected every part of the State – leading a provision based on bipartisan legislation that Senator King cosponsored with Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and others to help rural communities by allowing Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to provide medication assisted treatment.
Senator King has also pursued bipartisan solutions to support Maine jobs, including pushing for a provision to include footwear in the Berry Amendment, ensuring U.S.-made athletic shoes for military recruits – securing a $17.3 million contract for New Balance factories in Maine. The amendment, which Senator King authored in the Senate Armed Services Committee, was passed with bipartisan support — and over the objections of the late Senator John McCain, then-Chairman of the Committee. He also worked with Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins to promote the creation of a public-private partnership to grow and diversify Maine’s forest industry, resulting in an interagency Economic Development Assistance Team (EDAT), which will help grow Maine’s forest industry and rural economies. Finally, Senator King has worked to protect our national parks, partnering with Republican Senators Rob Portman of Ohio and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, as well as Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, to introduce the Restore Our Parks Act to address the maintenance backlog.