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Castle: Political Moderates Need to Stand Up

On His Plans for the Future
I dont know what Im going to do now. Ive been talking to law firms in Wilmington and Washington, D.C., about possible employment. My wife says I should just retire.

I will probably not run for office again. That is not part of my future planning. But I have no particular plans or commitments.

I think I counted the books I have backed up to about 62, and I love to read. So Ill do a little more of that. Jane, my wife, will put me to work if Im sitting around the house.

On His Relationship With Leadership
The poor Whips people, like [Reps.] Roy Blunt [R-Mo.] and Eric Cantor [R-Va.], spent more time with me probably than almost anybody else, trying to say oh, its important as Republicans that we do this.

I feel the political parties assert sometimes too much influence in Washington. They talk about lobbyists, et cetera. But I believe sometimes its the party ideological drive thats too strong.

As a result, I would say no at times. Other times, I would try to bring others with me. … that was never easy … there were times when I just didnt believe in the direction we were going and I just stood up to it.

On His Biggest Accomplishments in Congress
One was welfare reform. I had worked on that with Bill Clinton … when we were all governors together. After a couple of futile efforts … we were able to get welfare reform done, which I think has been a successful program.

I had another experience that was very different than that, but fun: My second term in office, I was approached by the Coin Collectors of America, and they said they wanted to do a program involving the quarters in which each state would be represented on the quarters. I listened to them for half an hour and said, This is crazy, this is Monopoly money.

They came back a week later and said, We want to do this in the order in which the states were admitted to the union and Delaware would be first and they said this would make money.

That was fun, and actually made [several billion dollars] for the federal government. I dont know if I can think of another program in the time Ive been in Congress that actually made money for the federal government instead of costing money.

His Final Thoughts on His Election
I find it sad for the Republican Party. ... Only one [state legislature in the country] had a gain in Democratic seats: it was the Delaware House of Delegates.

Unfortunately, with Christine ODonnell on top of the ticket, Republicans took a real clobbering in my state.

Im not a revengeful person. But its disconcerting that we could have gone through such a terrible election at a time when Republicans were making gains across America.

I dont think she served the Republican Party well, and I dont think she would be a good candidate for the future in Delaware.

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