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Remarks by U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud Announcing his run for Governor of Maine Noon, Thursday, Aug.

15, 2013 Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston As prepared Thank you so much Beth. I really appreciate those kind words. It’s great to be back here at the Franco-American Heritage Center. I’m happy to be here today. It’s humbling to see so many friends here in the crowd, so many people who’ve stood with me through the years, and who have worked alongside me to get things done. Lewiston has always been a special place to me and to Maine. Strong with Franco-American heritage, and a tradition of hard work and transformation. A place that provides opportunities for new arrivals to our state while maintaining its own distinct character. A city that learns from history, but looks toward the future. That’s why I’ve come here to Lewiston today. I want Maine to have a future of shared prosperity and opportunity with good jobs and a clean, healthy environment, where every child can get a quality public education and every family can have a chance to get ahead. We are at a crossroads. Personal and political attacks are standing in the way of progress. Our state has become a punch line on late night TV. An abrasive, “my-way-or-the-highway” agenda alienates and divides our people. There are too many folks who are hurting. This morning I toured the SAPPI paper mill in Westbrook. Unlike most paper mills in Maine and across the country SAPPI is doing well. But, as I visited the mill and talked to workers, they told me they have less money 1

000 veterans. the current governor’s extreme agenda is hurting. And it sure as heck isn’t leadership to say no to health care for 70. they’re right. He’s attacked our teachers.000 people. He’s attacked our cities. They’re worried that Maine might be lagging behind the rest of the country. They’re worried that we’re not doing the things to get our state moving again. He’s turned his back on good science. our schools and our universities. But Maine was one of just three states that lost jobs last year. and to turn our back on the jobs created by clean energy. by pettiness and anger and by policies that stand in the way of progress. This governor has put his thumb on the scale for the rich. We are being held back by a lack of leadership. It’s not leadership to let out-of-state polluters write our environmental plans. that they don’t matter. He’s attacked our environment and our economy. 2 . growth and opportunity. including nearly 3. Instead of helping Maine. good business and the middle class. Unfortunately. that they’re on their their pockets and more worries on their minds. And he’s told our unemployed and our uninsured that they don’t count. Our national economy has started to recover from a terrible global recession. Almost 49.000 Mainers are looking for work and can’t find it. It’s not leadership to rig the tax system so that the rich pay less while working families – homeowners – pay more. Much of the pain could have been avoided. while job-creating bonds – already approved by voters – were left unsigned on the governor’s desk. the powerful and the connected. our towns and our workers.

3 . who fish our seas. who wait the tables. For the people who need a champion in Augusta. That’s not the Maine we all love. even though the federal government was willing to pick up the tab.He told nearly 3. and care for the elderly. A path that honors the hard work of Mainers who get up every day and punch a clock.000 Maine veterans that they don’t deserve health insurance. broken promises and bad policies. I wish that he had fought half as hard for them as they have fought for us. But that’s only part of the problem. who grow our food.” It’s been three years of missed opportunities. we must forge a new path together. teach our kids. and who build our houses… That’s who I’m here for today. It’s a shame. If we’re going to get back on the right track. and an embarrassment. when the city looked to him for help. And it’s not the way we do things here in Maine. The tone in Augusta has turned into an endless string of angry rants and partisan personal attacks. who repair our streets. For the people who won’t stand to be embarrassed by our politics for another day. he turned his back and said he’d “done his part. And after devastating fires right here in Lewiston. We need a path that keeps the jobs that we have and creates new ones. who build our ships. For the people who want nothing more than to provide for their families. It’s for all those people that I am running to be your next governor. That’s not the Maine I know.

now is the time to put divisive partisan politics aside and to restore leadership that will work for the people of Maine.A path that puts people to work and provides them with the skills and training they need to lead our state toward a prosperous future. I’ll never forget those days. most of all. honesty and integrity. I worked alongside men and women who went to work every day. when they need it. When I finished school. I went to work in the mill. and the friends I made along the way. They taught me the value of hard work. to ensure a clean. I know what it means to work long shifts. I love Maine. and I’m running for governor because I still believe Maine’s best days are ahead of us. A path that grows our economy through innovation and that makes sure everyone gets the care they need. to struggle to pay the bills. to not know if you’ll have a job next week. But I know that the only way for us to get there is by working together and putting the people of Maine first. Now is the time to stand up for equality. or next month. I know we can do it because I’ve seen it first-hand. and to make sure that government is open and accountable and working for the people. so that our kids can get the world-class education they deserve. And. 4 . Now is the time to invest in our children and our schools. for women. for minorities and for all people to have a fair shot at the American dream. Now is the time to stand up to the big polluters. sustainable environment and to guarantee an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. who played by the rules and asked only for a fair shake in return. or next year. like my father before me and my grandfather before him.

And that’s just what we did. and it was being poisoned. And they taught me how important it is to work together because that’s the only way to get something done and solve problems. I’ve stood up for our veterans and made sure that our country keeps its promises when they come home. was the lifeblood of our region. 5 . I was just a kid from Medway. And I’ve worked with Republicans and Democrats to expand access to quality health care for all Mainers. I’ve fought to protect American jobs and to keep them right here in Maine. and to ensure that our seniors are treated with the respect they have earned. hoping to make my community better. But I ran to be a part-time legislator for a reason – to clean up the river. I’ve worked alongside many of you to protect our environment. but we know what has to be done. to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. and to end the War on Women at the state and national level. like the Androscoggin here in Lewiston. My full-time job was always working shifts at the mill. to ensure that every Mainer can marry the person they love. The Penobscot. We won’t find the answer by giving tax breaks to the wealthy while working families pay more. I first got involved in public service because the mill where I worked was polluting the river. Maine faces real challenges.They taught me what it means to stand up for what you believe in and to do what’s right.

Our cities and towns. We know the way forward. to profit. Our businesses can grow and innovate. in the communities. And we can help them. We need to engage with our region. most of all. we need to make sure that they have the tools to grow. the next Stonewall Kitchen or a farmer expanding beyond the local market. Whether it’s a high-tech start up. and. And we all know it. strong bridges and safe rails to move our people and the things they make to markets at home and around the world. We have to protect them. to add value to our communities and to create jobs. working forests. We can help the baker in Kennebunk who hopes to open her own bakery but needs support to get off the ground. We need to create predictable rules and an environment that rewards people who are willing to take a risk on their dreams. our country and the world.It doesn’t work. And once they get started. We can help the young entrepreneur in Phillips who’s making skis. And we need to restore our brand. It’s right here: in the resources. All they need is a fair shot. We can help people start the small businesses of their dreams. We need to tell the story of our successes. farms and waterfronts are the key to economic growth and opportunity. We’ve got the best workforce in the world. so he has the help he needs to expand. 6 . in the people who make our state great. We need good roads.

and a lot of shoe leather. Now. but also focuses on where we want to be. The time to put aside the attacks and the distractions and the anger. I’ve got the perfect shoes for the job. to embrace an honest accounting of our strengths and our challenges. We need a change. We need to connect them to each other. and I believe that now — right now — is the time for Maine to make its move. and to aspire to the greatness that lives within our people and our communities. It’s going to take a lot of hard work. I’m not running “against” anyone. I’m running to be your next governor because I love this state and the people who live here. But what’s more important is what they say inside: “Made in the USA. and when I think about where we are heading. It’s not. These are my campaign shoes. But don’t worry. We will set our own course — a Maine course — that rebuilds a shared prosperity and a brighter future. They say “Michaud 2014” on the heels. They’re made right here in Maine by workers at the New Balance factory in Norridgewock. I feel a sense of urgency. I’m not going to pretend this campaign will be easy.” 7 . a lot of long hours.There are entrepreneurs all across Maine. I’m running for the people of Maine because I believe in our state and the unmatched potential of our people. to map a path forward that recognizes where we are. Maine deserves a governor who will use the power of the office to convince others to work together to do what’s right. to new markets and to new resources so we can create good-paying jobs and strengthen the middle class.

Now it’s time! I’m ready! Thank you! 8 . grassroots campaign because. I know we can do it. I’m ready to work for the Maine we all want. Knock on a lot of doors. I know when it’s time to get to work. Listen to the problems facing Mainers and figure out real solutions we can achieve together. But I can’t do it alone. If we want change. I’m ready to move our state past the anger and fighting of the last three years. I punched a time clock for a lot of years. I plan to cover a lot of miles in these shoes. I’m ready to lead Maine down a new path. I need you to talk to your friends and neighbors. Together. I need your help. Together. I need you to build a strong. I’m ready. we have to make it happen.During this campaign.