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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 November 2006, 00:38 GMT
US mid-terms panel: Maria Peralta

Maria Peralta
Name: Maria Peralta
Age: 43
Lives: Orlando, Florida
Works: Travel agent
Voted: Registered Republican ("but voted for candidates on merit")
In 10 words or less:
"Family oriented, open-minded, fair, honest"

What a day! I am glad it is over.

Rumsfeld's resignation is a step in the right direction for the Bush administration, and for this country.

We need to take a fresh look at Iraq and come up with some new solutions to this war.

Unfortunately, it is too late for many innocent Iraqis as well as for many of our troops who were sent on a mission that was neither well thought-out nor executed.

Our leaders have become so embroiled in attack-and-conquer mode that they have put the interests of their people on hold.

At this point, Bush has the opportunity to find a way to correct some of his mistakes.

In his post-election press conference on Wednesday, he appears to have changed some of his more radical stances and is adopting a more moderate tone.

I only wish he could have done this a few years ago.

The Republican Party as a whole will now have to change its approach after these election results and must now work together with the Democrats to tackle many of our serious problems.

The American electorate really sent a message to our elected officials in this election: Work together, remember your constituents and focus on what is best for America on both domestic and international issues - otherwise be gone.

I honestly did not expect that much of a sweep for the Democrats in the House.

It just serves to show that regardless of party politics, the voters will only re-elect those who deserve to go back to Washington and represent them.

This was especially evident in the wins of Florida Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, who I voted for, and Joe Lieberman in Connecticut.

They both worked hard for their constituents, at times even going against party lines, and their voters remembered them for it.

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