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Thank you, everyone, for your comments. They are truly appreciated. And I understand your frustration, because I feel it too. The next question is how we get Washington to listen - how we get them to stand up to change business as usual. I think it starts with us. I'm not going to back down, but I'm going to need you to back me up.

When times are this tough, we have to be tougher. The things we want to achieve - good jobs, affordable health care, new energy and fiscal discipline - are challenging. If they weren't, someone would have figured it all out years ago. We can't back off just because we face opposition, and the change we want hasn't been easy. Now is the time to stiffen our spines and work to get it done

It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or Republican. If we fall victim to division, to name-calling and anger, then we will fail.

Please join me, I need your help in this fight. I need you with me to win this race. Visit my website at or text JOIN at 46337 to join our campaign. Thanks for having me and I will be back to post often.

Originally posted to Congressman Paul Hodes on Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 11:55 AM PST.

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