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Stevens Comments on Begich's Announcement to Run for Senate


April 21, 2008

U.S. Senator Ted Stevens commented on Mark Begich's announcement to run for the Senate. Stevens said, "I learned [Sunday] as I was heading back to Washington from a weekend in Alaska that Mark Begich has announced that he intends to seek the Democratic nomination to the United States Senate."

Stevens said, "As I have said before, this race will be about who has the experience, the seniority and the proven record to best serve Alaska in the U.S. Senate. As we work to build the gas line, to make sure Alaska gets an appropriate share of offshore oil revenue and continue to work for a sound economic base for our state to provide jobs and opportunities, we need proven leadership in Washington. "

"I am honored to have been re-elected by Alaskans for many years," said Steven. "I have worked hard for that honor by fighting for Alaska's fair share of the federal budget and for more access and control in developing our resources. The successes we've had include new or improved medical facilities in virtually every community in the state, Alaskan management of our offshore fisheries, improved airports, ports, highways and other transportation facilities, new water and sewer facilities across the state and much needed community facilities from Ketchikan to Barrow. Those changes have transformed Alaska. But we still have much to accomplish."

Stevens said, "Alaska has a small population and is a long way from Washington. Seniority and experience have never meant more than they do today. I believe that I am best able to provide the leadership, and I believe that Alaskans know that."

"I continue to call on Mark and all the other candidates for U.S. Senate to renounce the politics of personal attacks. Let us make this a race about the many important issues our state and our nation face - and who can best meet those challenges," said Stevens.



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