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  Statement of Senator Jeffords, Second Anniversary of Decision to Leave the GOP
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Last EditedRP  Jun 16, 2003 10:35pm
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News DateThursday, June 5, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description Two years ago, I was big news. I got to know many of you for the first time. I was followed in airports and recognized on the street. Network news people, who until then couldn't identify me as a Senator in a police line-up, were now calling my home number. Subsequent events put me back in my place: September 11th, two wars, the space shuttle disaster and a worsening economy took back the nation's attention - as they should have done.

Yet the reasons for my switch, while apparent to me then, have become painfully clear to me now. The events of the past two years have only heightened my concern over the President's veer to the right, and the poisoning of our democratic process of government.

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