“Today President Bush spoke of the importance of freedom and security and of our role in the world. I believe we must start with a commitment to these principles here at home.

Security is still the most important issue facing Americans today – the security of having a job, of access to health care, of a quality education and of the protection of our ports and borders.

I look forward to working with the President on these important issues and to ensuring that the needs of Washington state are heard on a national level.

The President has talked about uniting our nation and working in a bi-partisan manner for the good of all Americans. It is my hope that these words can be turned into action and that together we can meet the challenges facing Washington state and the nation.”