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Jeffords tells students to stick to convictions

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One person can make a difference, Sen. James Jeffords told students at the University of Vermont.

Jeffords compared his decision to leave the Republican Party to choices students will face in college and in life, and he encouraged them to challenge themselves.

"You will be confronted with choices of self-interest or peer pressure or choices of personal values, convictions and concern for others," he said Tuesday. "Each of us must continually challenge our ideas and convictions, and concern for others. Each of us must continually challenge our ideas and ourselves.

"When you face decisions, ask yourself, 'How does this fit with my heartfelt convictions?' "