The Columbian: Murray kicks off general election campaign

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray told 325 jubilant supporters in Vancouver on Friday that she wants another six -year term so she can keep fighting for Washington families and small businesses on Main Street.

Fresh from a hard-fought primary election in which her tally fell short of 50 percent, the three-term Democratic senator delivered a populist speech at an old-fashioned, sign-waving rally at Hamilton Hall at the Fort Vancouver National Site.

Murray touted a long list of accomplishments she has delivered to the state of Washington over 18 years in office, from saving veterans’ hospitals the Bush administration tried to close, to winning passage of national pipeline safety legislation after a pipeline explosion in Bellingham killed three children, to insisting that the Obama administration include money for Columbia River channel deepening in the federal stimulus bill.

“I have never given up, and I have never backed down,” Murray said.

Wearing jeans and her trademark tennis shoes, Murray directed her most barbed comments yet at her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi, for opposing a $26 billion state aid bill passed by Congress two weeks ago and for announcing that he favors repeal of recently passed Wall Street reform legislation.

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