A Senator to Run On, Not from, His Record The Candidates Speak Out

November 03, 1994|By PAUL. S. SARBANES

Throughout my public career, I have worked hard to provide Marylanders with dedicated, independent representation; representation based upon intelligence and integrity; representation which gives people the confidence that elected officials are there to serve the public interest.

The principles I learned growing up in Salisbury and which have guided my public life are opportunity and fairness. These are principles which I believe are fundamental to a decent and just society.

My parents came to America as immigrants, and they taught me about opportunity. The chance for people to move up the ladder of opportunity on the basis of their talents and abilities is basic to the American dream.

Recognizing that a job is the best social program, I have been a strong proponent of full employment throughout my public life. I supported the deficit reduction program (opposed by Mr. Brock), which has brought Maryland economic growth and jobs. I have fought for lower interest rates so people have the chance to become homeowners and small businesses have the chance to grow and prosper.

I have fought for quality education to provide each American the chance to advance regardless of a family's financial circumstances. Scholarships and loans and work opportunities were essential to my education and I intend that they be available for others.

Another principle that has guided me in public service is fairness. I have always worked for a society based on equity and a strong sense of community. I learned it from my parents and teachers and coaches and many more who believed in treating others with decency and respect.

I have fought to end discrimination, so all Americans can participate fully in our society. By doing so, each of us realizes our full potential and society benefits from the contributions of all.

When we were in the middle of the Bush recession and when people who had worked all their lives were facing economic disaster, I led the fight to get an extension of unemployment benefits.

I worked hard for passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act so working Americans could take time off when a family member gets sick.

Mr. Brock opposed the recently enacted Crime Bill. I strongly supported it; this bill contains strong new measures to protect the right of all to be secure in their homes and neighborhoods.

On issue after issue, I have fought for Maryland and its citizens. I have authored measures to protect Maryland's environment, including efforts to enhance the restoration of our greatest natural asset; the Chesapeake Bay. I have worked to generate new jobs for Maryland by strengthening our transportation network - the Port, air, road, and rail system; I developed the Export Enhancement Act, which brought Maryland the first regional Export Assistance Center in the nation.

My record is one of working hard for Maryland's hard-working middle income families. William Brock's record is starky different. In fourteen years in the House and Senate from Tennessee, Mr. Brock failed to carry out his responsibilities. He missed more than one out of every five votes cast during his tenure, one of the worst attendance records in the Congress. Working people know that if they miss one day a week at work they won't have a job for very long. My voting record in the Senate has been above 97%. I regard his no-show performance as a gross dereliction of duty.

When Mr. Brok did manage to show up, I believe Marylanders would be appalled with his votes on the issues. He voted against the start of Medicare, against the minimum wage. He even voted to kill Headstart. He voted against the Clean Air Act and measures to clean up the Chesapeake By his environmental record was rated at 14% by the League of Conservation Voters. PTC Brock even voted against the most fundamental right of all, the right to vote, when he opposed the Voting Rights Act.

Marylanders deserve a Senator who will run on his record, rather than away from it. I believe that my record, unlike my opponent's, is one of working hard for Marylanders.

I know that to work for the people, you must stay in touch with them. I've held town meetings across the state from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. I have responded vigorously to the problem of individual constituents. Every night I leave Washington and return home to Baltimore to the same house I've lived in for twenty-five years.

If the people of Maryland want a Senator who works hard for his state and its citizens, who believes in the principles of opportunity and fairness, who is responsive to the concerns of his constituents, and who is effective without a lot of fanfare if that's what you want in a Senator, then I hope you'll stand with me on November 8th. And I'll keep working - working hard - for you every day of the next six years.

Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator.

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