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AP: Snowe, facing primary fight, shifts to right on votes

On May 7, 2011, the Associated Press reported:

Maine’s Olympia Snowe has long thrived as one of the Senate’s leading GOP moderates, but she has recently sided with Tea Party movement activists on high-profile votes as she braces for a primary challenge from the right.

Such votes could help Snowe fend off conservatives who mock her as a RINO — Republican In Name Only — and hope to sink her bid for a fourth term next year.

Snowe insisted she has been true to her moderate roots. “I am who I am,’’ Snowe said. “I haven’t changed.’’

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Snowe backed Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s measure to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. She said new regulations could hurt financially struggling manufacturers that have made strides to curb emissions.

Snowe also voted for a Republican House budget pact that included a ban on federal money for Planned Parenthood. Snowe, a supporter of abortion rights and women’s health issues, criticized the cuts before voting for the bill.

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