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It's the uncertainty, the challenge and the willingness to put it all on the line that draws a lot of people to climb mountains. That can also apply to a lot of other challenges in life, whether it's running for office, starting a family, going to grad school or taking all of your cash and assets and starting a business.

Genuine dialogue, not rhetorical bomb-throwing, leads to progress.

The new Congress needs to move quickly to strengthen the Army and Marines - not to send more troops to Iraq - but to rebuild our capacity to meet national security threats globally.

When I talk about the importance of the institution of marriage, I think of the commitment and the significance of standing in front of those closest to you and promising fidelity to your partner 'til death do you part.'

Political differences will always generate a healthy debate, but over time the dialogue has become more hateful and at times violent.

I've learned from being in the woods that titles don't mean much and that actions speak a lot louder than words - even in Congress. I always look for the people who want to act - people who want to run the river or climb the mountain - even if they're not members of my political party.

Our livelihood is intimately tied to the food we eat, water we drink and places where we recreate. That's why we have to promote responsibility and conservation when it comes to our natural resources.

Good-faith re-examination of a position you've held in the past should be seen as a virtue, not a vice.

I believe climate change is real - and I believe we have to act to protect the climate as fast as we possibly can.

I haven't inherited the earth from my parents, I am borrowing it from my children.

It's tough to know the value of water until it's gone.

Reform is not for the short-winded. I'm committed to making sure the Senate is more than just a graveyard for good ideas.

Stem cells have the potential to be used to treat and better understand some of the world's most deadly and disabling diseases.

The balance between freedom and security is a delicate one.

There is no getting around it; Congress is failing the American people.

There is no question that we must do more to secure our borders - but how we go about securing them is also important.

Truth be told, I'm much more comfortable in a pair of hiking boots or with a rack of climbing gear than in front of a laptop.

Any doctor will admit that any drug can have side effects, and that writing a prescription involves weighing the potential benefits against the risks.

As the nation watches, Democrats and Republicans should reflect the interspersed character of America itself. Perhaps, by sitting with each other for one night, we will begin to rekindle that common spark that brought us here from 50 different states and widely diverging backgrounds to serve the public good.

Climbing has worked for me in a number of ways on Capitol Hill. I'm much more inclined to look at what people do, as opposed to what they say. Also, it's about working together - we're all on the rope together, and you don't get to cut the rope if you're not getting along with someone.