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Sen. Begich statement on presidential, Congressional races

Sen. Mark Begich tonight issued the following statement on the national elections:

“I want to congratulate the President on a successful campaign and second term. Both he and Mitt Romney deserve congratulations for a healthy exchange of ideas and a well-fought contest. I look forward to continuing to build on the important progress we have made not only on Arctic development, but on other critical Alaska issues like supporting our veterans, balancing the budget, permitting mines and improving education. 

"I am also happy to see that voters have sent common-sense moderates from across the country to join me in the Senate. Not only do we share common ground on policies, but we have a like-minded approach of reaching across party lines, rolling up our sleeves, and looking for solutions. 

“Tonight's results also sent a clear message to those who want to overrun our elections with unlimited secret money and divisive politics. I am hopeful the newly elected group of senators and representatives will join me in pushing for a bipartisan, balanced and swift approach to cutting our federal deficit.

 “I hope my colleagues will heed the centrist message of this election when they come back to Washington so we can reach across party lines, work together and deliver real solutions for the American people.”

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