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Kirsten Gillibrand For New York

Voters this year will choose United States senators who will face tough policy choices regardless of who wins the White House. Tax policy, deficit reduction, domestic and military spending, energy and environmental issues, and even the possibility of confirming one or more new justices to the Supreme Court are all on the table — as is control of the Senate, which could flip with several tight races around the country.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, won handily in the 2010 special election to serve out the balance of Hillary Clinton’s Senate term. Ms. Gillibrand has been a steady voice of reason in Washington, fighting for farmers, battling to retain crucial food stamps. She worked hard to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, voted against extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, and has become a strong advocate for women’s issues. She was a key sponsor of legislation to end insider trading by members of Congress, and she has spoken out against President Obama’s slow withdrawal from Afghanistan.

To continue reading: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/opinion/sunday/kirsten-gillibrand-for-us-senate-from-new-york.html?_r=0
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