Another Democrat Jumps into U.S. Senate Race

By Russell, Eric | Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), January 19, 2012 | Go to article overview

Another Democrat Jumps into U.S. Senate Race


Russell, Eric, Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME)


A Portland native announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Olympia Snowe, a move that further crowds the field of candidates.

Ben Pollard

"I have felt called to public service since I was five years old," Mr. Pollard said. "I have

always had tremendous respect for Senator Olympia Snowe. I also believe that our nation is in

the midst of a major political crisis, and that now is the time for new leadership in the Senate."

Mr. Pollard will focus his campaign on the two themes of national security and economic

development, which he believes are inextricably linked.

"I am deeply disappointed by the failure of the Senate "super committee" to reach a

compromise on budget deficit reduction solutions, and the automatic cuts to defense spending

that are scheduled to go into effect as a result of the super committee's failure to act are

unacceptable at this point in history," Mr. Pollard said.

Mr. Pollard said that he believes that with aggressive regimes in Iran and China, and

highly unstable situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and many other nations, that cutting our

defense spending drastically sends the wrong message to the world about America's

determination to be a protector of freedom.

If elected to the Senate, Mr. Pollard would work to restore the national defense budget to

a level which is necessary to accomplish our military objectives and strengthen America's

prestige and power.

In addition to focusing on national security policy, Mr. Pollard will work to provide

concrete solutions to enhancing economic development in America. Having served as the

president of a construction company for nearly seven years, Mr. Pollard is keenly aware of the

challenges facing small businesses, and he believes that his experience has given him insights

into the policy reforms that are necessary to enable America's economy to grow and prosper

once again.

In the coming months Mr. Pollard will be writing policy position papers on education, job

training, health care reform, environmental policy, poverty alleviation, and all other aspects of

his platform. Mr. Pollard, who considers himself a President Theodore Roosevelt Republican as

well as a Senator Robert F. Kennedy Democrat, believes that his moderate stances and

conservative positions will enable him to be an instrument for bipartisan cooperation and

compromise. …

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