Maine delegation split on Obama speech

Posted July 26, 2011, at 10:12 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s congressional delegation is divided in their reactions to President Barack Obama’s nationally televised speech on the debt ceiling crisis, in which he called for achieving lower deficits though spending cuts and new tax revenues.

Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe said we should spend less time on speeches and more time producing results.

Fellow Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Obama hasn’t developed his own detailed plan, but she’s hopeful that the president and Congress can agree on a responsible solution that includes real spending limits.

From the Democratic representatives, Mike Michaud said time for seeking political advantage is over and it’s critical to find common ground. Rep. Chellie Pingree said the president was right in pointing out the risk of playing with the economy and people’s lives for political reasons.