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What people are saying about the tanker decision

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"Boeing was a clear winner."
-- William Lynn, deputy secretary of defense

"It's going to give us all some positive energy at work. It would have been depressing had it gone the other way. The powers that be would have let me down along with 30,000 others. My daughter also works for Boeing. This is the sort of news that gives me hope that one day her son might work for Boeing, too."
-- Boeing Machinist Dale Flinn

"This decision is a major victory for the American workers, the American aerospace industry and America's military."
-- Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

"I'm disappointed, but not surprised. Only Chicago politics could tip the scales in favor of Boeing's inferior plane. EADS clearly offers the more capable aircraft. If this decision stands, our warfighters will not get the superior equipment they deserve."
--Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., on FOX Business news

"I'm delighted that this long ordeal is over. American warfighters need this capacity and Boeing will quickly deliver it."
-- Ray Goforth, executive director, Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace

"This is the best news today. That's a lot of money, which should help our state budget, too."
-- Chris Decker, 22, Arlington

"It was the right thing to do. It will be good for our economy, but it's good we didn't send this job overseas. Made in the USA works for me."
-- Kevin Walden, 46, Everett

"The Air Force's announcement confirms what I've known for a long time: Northwest aerospace workers are the best in the world and Boeing will build an outstanding tanker for our military."
-- Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett

"The Everett Mall is full of wandering kids who need jobs. I hope the company can hire more people."
-- Gordon Anderson, merchant

"I look to Congress to act on this decision quickly. Congress can embrace this bid award for the integrity of the nation's security, the competitiveness of American industry and the recognition of a skilled, seasoned work force. We know how to build tankers."
-- Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson

"The women and men of Snohomish County who build the best airplanes in the world are without question the most capable workers with whom to entrust the lives and safety of our U.S. military."
-- Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon

"What a great day for The Boeing Company, and for the 11,000 aerospace workers in Washington state alone that will play a role in assembling the NewGen tanker."
-- Gov. Chris Gregoire

"I am delighted the Air Force saw the superiority and long-term cost savings of the Boeing KC767X tanker. We are proud to be part of supply the Air Force and our warfighters the product they need and deserve."
-- Tom McCarty, SPEEA president

"This announcement accelerates the significance of the key role aerospace is playing in the economic recovery of our state."
-- State Rep. Norma Smith, R-Oak Harbor, who serves on a House economic development committee

"This is absolutely huge. We really needed it."
-- State Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens



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