Susan Collins, Senator from Maine
"I grew up in a large family of six children, and I have a fair amount of patience and I am very persistent. I don't give up easily when I'm pursuing a goal. I enjoy legislating. I like sitting down with people who have a different view and see if we can find a middle ground. And sometimes you can't. But oftentimes, if you keep working at it, you can get to a solution where neither side is particularly happy, but each side recognizes that it is a way forward and a way to reach the goal.... I reject the notion that somehow compromise is a dirty word or a betrayal of one's principles."
"If there were as many female Republican senators as there are female Democratic senator, she noted that, “Women would be a third of Congress. I’d argue there would be a better balance and more people in the center, which is of great importance to me. Women span the ideological spectrum. We don’t think alike, but we do bring a different life experience and perspective. We tend to be more collaborative and problem solving. There has been a real effort in this cycle to recruit women to run on the Republican ticket. I’m optimistic we can increase our numbers.”
The Atlantic and Elle via BDN, Photograph via Colby.edu