What my focus has been as a congressman, and what my focus will be as a member of the United States Senate if I'm elected, is to bang away at the fact that - with an explosion of technology and worker productivity - it is absolutely insane that the middle class is shrinking, that poverty is increasing, that the next generation may have a lower standard of living than our generation, that 45 million Americans have no health insurance, that we're losing our pensions, that middle class families can't afford to send their kids to college, that families are spending 45 or 50 percent of their income on housing.
I was privileged to have known the chief justice for many years and to have had the pleasure of serving with him on the Smithsonian Board of Regents. We also have shared a love for the beautiful land and the independent people of Vermont, a place that served as a special refuge for the chief justice and his family over the years.
Chief Justice Rehnquist has served his country in the highest court of the land for 33 years and his service is much appreciated. As a summer resident of Vermont I'm sure that his many friends in the Greensboro area will miss his yearly visits. I know that I join with all Vermonters in sending my condolences to his family.