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Mitch McConnell

0:09:31 to 0:09:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: do so many things for our country. so i congratulate the republican leader, a kentucky kwra pbsan whose love -- a kentuckian whose love of the state and who adds the distinction of being the longest-serving unid states senator kent impressive career.

Mitch McConnell

0:09:35 to 0:39:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Mitch McConnell

0:09:52 to 0:10:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: mr. mcconnell: the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i'd like to thank my good friend, the majority leader, for his very kind remarks about what has now of service here in the senate. he and i came here roughly at the sam congress at roughly the same time.

Mitch McConnell

0:10:14 to 0:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: we have shared a few positions on each side of the aisle that are remarkably similar, no matter which party represent. i noted with interest last week a photograph at the white house of the living former presidents that all had lunch together. i was thinking as the majority leader w

Mitch McConnell

0:10:37 to 0:10:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in a rather limited fraternity too. so far it's a fraternity. it point as well as a fraternity. a brotherhood or sisterhood of people who have held these jobs which have their own unique set of challenges that are really quite similar, whether you're leading the republicans or leading the democrats. i want to thank the majority

Mitch McConnell

0:10:59 to 0:11:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: leader for his very kind remarks not only about me, but about my wife's public service as secretary of labor, which will be coming to an end at noon on january 20, current administration. i also want to, mr. president, express my gratitude to the majority leader for coming down to the university of louisville

Mitch McConnell

0:11:21 to 0:11:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: back in 2007. udents enjoyed it immensely. in fact, their last magazine about the program of has a very large picture of the majority leader and a article, including the q & a session that he had with the students.

Mitch McConnell

0:11:42 to 0:12:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: so i friendship and look forward to working with him in this congress to advance the interest of our nation. now p-rbgs mr. president, a few months -- now, mr. p few months prior to this body convening last week, i was grateful to be chosen by my colleagues to serve once again as senate republican leader.

Mitch McConnell

0:12:04 to 0:12:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: i'd like to thank the people of kentucky for giving me another term in the u.s. i'm certainly privileged that kentuckians have sent me to the senate five times now to speak for them and for their interests. and i intend to work harder than i ever have over the next six years to justify their confidence. at such a time as this, after

Mitch McConnell

0:12:25 to 0:12:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the people spoken, i can't help but think of great kentuckians in the past that the people of my selected interests. some we know from the history books, like henry clay. although he was speaker of the house, secretary of state and a three-time presidential candidate, we know him best as

Mitch McConnell

0:12:46 to 0:13:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the senator from kencky, the great compromiser who staved off civil war. or take john breakenridge, elected to congress from virginia, he resigned that seat to move to kentucky, which at the time was america's western frontier. a early state government,

Mitch McConnell

0:13:07 to 0:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: breckenridge went on to serve senator from kentucky and as our nation's attorney general under thomas jefferson. moving to modern times, i can think of other legendary senators from kentucky whose footsteps still echo in these halls. kentucky still fondly remembers the career of public service carved out by a.b. chandler.

Mitch McConnell

0:13:30 to 0:13:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: he would be the first to tell you he made his mark not as a senator but as a two-federal governor or in the job he resigned the senate to hold: commissioner of baseball. no matter what the job, with his winning personality, he was better known by his nickname, "happy." i'm sure he would be happy to see his grandson, congressman

Mitch McConnell

0:13:52 to 0:14:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: ben chandler, continue in his family's tradition of service to the people of kentucky. i've also before of my admiration and respect for john sherman cooper, the conscience of the senate in his day. i'll always rember the mentored me as an intern in my first job on capitol hill and

Mitch McConnell

0:14:13 to 0:14:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: helped me navigate these hallways decades later as freshman senator. theris alvin barkically, the first and until -- alvin barkley, the only kentuckian to be elected his party's leader. after 12 years, he became america's 35th vice president.

Mitch McConnell

0:14:36 to 0:14:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: alvin barkley held the record as kentucky's longest-serving senator for over 40 years until it was broken by a man who phraoeubg him rose from humble beginnings to famous across the commonwealth. that senator was wendell ford, a man many of my colleagues have had the honor to know and to work alongside. wendell was the senior senat from my state when i was first

Mitch McConnell

0:14:58 to 0:15:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: elected, and i got to watch him up close for 14 years. over those years, i learned why wendell is the first and only kentuckian to be elected successively lieutenant governor, governor, and senator. it's because even while he attained high office, forgot the lessons he learned working alongside his parents on

Mitch McConnell

0:15:20 to 0:15:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: their countless times he reminded voters he was just a country boy from yellow creek and kentuckians respected him for proving that a country boy could work the corridors of power, dine with kings and presidents,&ill come back to yellow creek and be -- and still come back creek and be right at home.

Mitch McConnell

0:15:42 to 0:16:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: wendell hamp not ton ford was born in david county, kentucky, and grew up in his family's 250-acre farm in the little down of pruston. the ford family raised cattle, hogs and chickens and grew tobacco and corn. young wendell was no stranger to work. he did his part by milking 30

Mitch McConnell

0:16:07 to 0:16:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: cows by hand twice day. decades later, whenever anyone told him he had a strong handshake, wedged would tell them, "i age." i know wendell would credit his parents with teaching him everything he needed to know to succeed in earnest ford was a farmer, an insurance company owner and a

Mitch McConnell

0:16:28 to 0:16:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: chairman of the davis county he served in both the kentucky statehouse and senate -- state house and senate. his mother, i harder than anyone on the family farm. she picked snapped green canned everything that you can.

Mitch McConnell

0:16:49 to 0:17:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: she could cook a pork tenderloin that was so good, wendell rldz, recalls, we'd say it would make you swallow you tongue, and she was devoted to her family, her friend h church. wendell rembers, "mother never disliked anyone. she never would say anything

Mitch McConnell

0:17:12 to 0:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: unkind about anybody, and mother worked very, very hard. if there's anyone that ever went to heaven, my mother is there." now, i'm going to guess, mr. president, thamaybe through his father's political nnections, wendell scored a plum prize as a young child: he became a page in the kentucky

Mitch McConnell

0:17:33 to 0:17:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: state house. now, the way they inducted pages back then is a little different from how we do it in the u.s. senate today wendell's sponsor, a representative from taylorsville, had young wendell come and stand on his desk on the house floor. he gave a speech about what a good little kid he

Mitch McConnell

0:17:56 to 0:18:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: he was done, the entire chamber applaud, making wendell a by acclamation. after an introduction to politics like that, is it any wonder wendell decided he wanted more? wendell meet one of the great kentuckians i mentioned alvin barkley. back when, obviously, senator

Mitch McConnell

0:18:19 to 0:18:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: ford was young. at the spiel back hotel in my hometown of louisville, he heard a speech from the senator and future vice president. like barkley, wendell always wanted to be around people, a trait that would serve him well as a public servant. and like most kentuckians, wendell ford loves basketball

Mitch McConnell

0:18:40 to 0:19:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: he played on the basketball team for and he played on the team for davis county high school. but while in high school, wendell broke his arm. that ended his basketball and that threatened to end his involvement with the team, the friendships he'd made and his seat on the bus to all the games.

Mitch McConnell

0:19:02 to 0:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: so to stay involved, wendell filed an -- filled an open slot on the school's cheerleading team. he got to keep going to the games, he got to keep up his friendships, and he ended being voted most sphawk ative in the -- most talkative in the davis county high school senior class of 1942. after high school graduation, wendell attended the university

Mitch McConnell

0:19:23 to 0:19:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: of kentucky. thethen in 1944, he was drafted into the u.s. army and sergeant wendell ford reported for duty at forthood, texas. -- forthood, texas. but he was not the only ford to trade in his bluegrass for a ten-gallon hat and make that trip. by his side was his lovely bride jean, who met wendell when they

Mitch McConnell

0:19:46 to 0:20:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: both worked at the j.c. penney snore owensboro the summer after wendell's high school graduation. they married in september 1943, just after wendell had turned 19 19. jean hailed from the town of west pointed in harden county. she could hardl how her life would turn out or how she and her husband would

Mitch McConnell

0:20:07 to 0:20:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: become respected across the commonwealth. ofte will talk about our wives or our husbands and what we'll be doing over the next recess. you'll frequently hear spouses first name's tossed around, like my wife's name is elaine. but after 50 years of marriage, wendell only referred to his

Mitch McConnell

0:20:30 to 0:20:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: bride it's a testament to the fact that the country boy from yellow creek remains gentleman. after the end of world war ii and an honorable discharge from the service, wendell graduated from the maryland school of insurance. he and jean returned to owensboro where his family had

Mitch McConnell

0:20:51 to 0:21:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: moved after selling the farm. wendell entered the insurance business with his started to take an interest in what was happening in his community. it all started with a razor. that's what wendell was looking to buy on a when he ran into a friend who

Mitch McConnell

0:21:13 to 0:21:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: invited him to a jaycee's luncheon. now, mr. president, in my travels across kentucky, i've met many who know and rember wendell from his days with the jaycees. devoted to fostering leadership and community service, the jaycees have done a lot for kentucky and for the nation. and once again, the man who

Mitch McConnell

0:21:34 to 0:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: played a role that cannot be i ignored is w a lot of beliefs that would come to characterize wendell ford's career come from the creed of the that creed states that only

Mitch McConnell

0:21:56 to 0:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: faith in god gives purpose to human life, that government should be of laws rather than of men, and that service to humanity is the best work of life. wendell would rise rapidly in his career again and again, no matter what the arena.

Mitch McConnell

0:22:17 to 0:22:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and his time in no different. that first meeting at the request of a friend led to wendell becoming a member. by 1954, he was the kentucky jaycees state president at in 1956, he led the kentucky jaycees to their national convention in kansas city with

Mitch McConnell

0:22:41 to 0:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: one goal: goal: they wanted to retur home with a kentuckian as the national president, a kentuckian named wendell ford. kentucky has a rich history of colorful, memorable campaign ads, but it took wendell ford as a candidate for the jaycees' national frozeome up with a brilliant -- president to come up with a brilliant ad by piggybacking his the most famous rock 'n roll

Mitch McConnell

0:23:02 to 0:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: time of all side. by convention end, everyone was singing the words, shake, rattle and roll" replaced with "shake, rattle and ford." wendell rembers we kept them up all night with that record, and i guess we made it even better because we won." to work the crowds at the convention, wendell bought two

Mitch McConnell

0:23:23 to 0:23:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: new suits for 5 one black and one gray. by rotating jackets with each pair of pants, he had four different outfits for the four days of the convention. wh suits or both, wendell went home the first jayce es national president from kentucky.

Mitch McConnell

0:23:44 to 0:24:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and his network from that organization became the foundation for one of the commonwealth's most successful political careers by the late 1950's, wendell had caught the eye of burt combs who had run for the governor of kentucky but lost to happy chandler. combs was planning to run again

Mitch McConnell

0:24:06 to 0:24:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and he wanted the impressive jaycees president to be the youth chairman of his campaign. after winning that race, burt administrative assistant, a job he helfrom 1959 to 1961. but soon the time came for wendell to emerge fromhe ranks of political staffers and run for office

Mitch McConnell

0:24:28 to 0:24:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in 1965, he ran for the state senate seat, representing davis and hancock counties, and clearly, mr. president, heas not afraid of a challenging race race. the reason i say he was not afraid of a challengi the guy he ran against in the primary, a fellow named cap

Mitch McConnell

0:24:50 to 0:25:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: gardn, was not just any incumbent senator, he was the state senate majority leader. i was in law school at the university of kentucky at the time a about the primary in which the majority leader of the kentucky state senate was impressive young man named wendell he won that race by 305 votes

Mitch McConnell

0:25:13 to 0:25:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: after a recount. now, in those days, mr. president, k much a one-party state and so winning the democratic primary for most any office was tantamount to winning the election. in most counties, you could hold republican party meetings in a phone booth. now, it's not that way which i think is for the bette

Mitch McConnell

0:25:34 to 0:25:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: better -- i think a competive two-party system makes both parties better and that, turn, serves the people best -- but the democratic party ruled kentucky then, and after wendell won the prime's, he easily won the general. and for the first time -- but not the last -- he became senator ford. as a freshman senator, he sponsore 22 bills, all of which

Mitch McConnell

0:25:56 to 0:26:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: became law. that's a record of success few legislators would dare duplicate. but wendell didn't plan staying in the state senate too long. just two years later, in 1967, he ran for lieutenant governor and once again he

Mitch McConnell

0:26:17 to 0:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: established politicians among the commonwealth who didn't from yellow creek couldn't settle down and wait his turn. in the prime's, wendell faced robert matths -- primary, wendell faced robert matthews, the kin bent state attorney general. i'm sure the political forces in kentucky expected anderhaps even desired matthews to win, but

Mitch McConnell

0:26:38 to 0:26:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: wendell wasn't going along with their program. he defeated matthews in the primary -- barely -- 36.1% to 35.9%. wedged went on to win. wendell went on to win a similarly close race in the general election, defeating tom radliff of pikeville and becoming a lieutenant governor of kentuck

Mitch McConnell

0:26:59 to 0:27:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: but at that time, unusual happened. you heard me say just a minute ago that in those days, kentucky was very much a one-party state. but in 1967, kentuckians elected a guy named commonwealth's first republican governor since world war i at that time, candidates for govern and lieutenant governor

Mitch McConnell

0:27:20 to 0:27:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in my state ran separately, so while the democratic candidate for governor lost, wendell ford quite remarkably won and he instantly became two things: the top-ranked democrat in state government and, of course, a thorn in the side of governor nunn. wendell had t

Mitch McConnell

0:27:41 to 0:28:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: tide, a rare tide in those days, to become lieutenant governor. he was clearly a man of great talent done yet making his mark on kentucky so naturally, he looked next to the top job in state government, the office of governor in that era, mr. president, kentucky governors were

Mitch McConnell

0:28:02 to 0:28:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: forbidden to succeed themselves by running for a second in fact, kentuy retained that term limit for governors right up until the 1990's. noone of so wendell would not have to face governor nunn in the 1979 election. heould, however, have to face a different governor, his friend

Mitch McConnell

0:28:24 to 0:28:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and mentor, former governor burt comb now, everybody in kentucky thought that governor combs, who had subsequently had a distinguished career as a u.s. court of appeals judge after his term as governor, was a leadpipe cinch to be the next governor of kentucky. or at the very least, to win the democratic primary for sure. but once again, wendell ford

Mitch McConnell

0:28:46 to 0:29:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: beat everybody burt combs judgeship to run for governor and couldn't believe what a tough race his former administrative assistant gave him. when a mutual friend of the two candidates said to combs that he had taught wendell well, replied, "yes, i taught him two

Mitch McConnell

0:29:08 to 0:29:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: damn well," he said. wendell beat combs 53% to 54% in the primary and won't to easily win the general election. on december the 7th, 1971, he was sworn in as governor of kentucky. right from the start, governor ford's guiding belief as kentucky's chief executive was that the only reason for existence of government at any level was to serve people.

Mitch McConnell

0:29:29 to 0:29:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and wherever he felt that wasn't happening, he believed there must be change. throughout his term, n that governor ford supported failed to pass. he commanded the forces of state government below him like a general commands his troops. but governor ford didn't ask anyone else to work harder than

Mitch McConnell

0:29:50 to 0:30:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: he did himself. his work ethic back then was legendary. and i think some of my co fact that he kept right at that ti the senate. as governor, a 14-hour work day was routine, a 16-hour day frequent and an 18-hour day not uncommon.

Mitch McConnell

0:30:12 to 0:30:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: when governor ford used to fly up here to washington for official matters, he was all business. time in the car or the plane was spent reading memos speeches. dinner was a cheeseburger and fries in the as early as possible in the next flying home to kentucky where he would put in an extra night in

Mitch McConnell

0:30:35 to 0:30:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the state capitol to make up for time missed. created the state's first environmental protection agency and enacting a severance act on coal; wendell ford decided he was not finished serving the people i've already said at the time a kentucky governor could not run

Mitch McConnell

0:30:58 to 0:31:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: for a second term, so wendell looked to the u.s. senate election in 1974 where he would have to take republican in the 1974 -- the 1974 election came on the heels of the watergate scandal and richard nixon's resignation. it goes without saying it was a very hard year for republicans.

Mitch McConnell

0:31:19 to 0:31:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: but even if it had been an easy year for repubcans, governor ford would have been very, very hard to defeat. so wendell won over marlow cook pretty handily and governor ford became senator ford. i should point out here, mr. president, that i actually used to work for senator cook as

Mitch McConnell

0:31:40 to 0:32:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: early part of his one term. senator cook graciously agreed to step aside a little bit early for senator ford, and so wendell's tenure in the began on december 28, 1974. at this point the wendell ford that so many of my colleagues know and admire emerges as he spent an incredibly successful

Mitch McConnell

0:32:02 to 0:32:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and fruitful 24 years after my election in 1984, i served years. obviously, mr. president, wendell ford and i didn't stand on the same side of the aisle, but we always stood together for the people of kentucky. th wendell, whether you agreed or disagreed, you always knew

Mitch McConnell

0:32:23 to 0:32:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: where you stood with him. and even if we oen did, wendell knew how to disagree without being i rember one joke he liked to tell about how seriously we kentuckians take our horse racing. he liked to say that one day on the running of the kentucky derby, a man working in

Mitch McConnell

0:32:44 to 0:33:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: churchill downs noticed a box with an empty seat in it. he stopped and said to the little old lady sitting next to it, this is the first empty seat i've seen today. bear in mind, this is at the derby. she replied, well, it belonged to my husband, but he the man said, it seems a shame to let such a good seat waste.

Mitch McConnell

0:33:05 to 0:33:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: why didn't you give it to one of your relatives? the lady said, i would have, but they're all at the now, that's how important the derby and the horse industry are to the bluegrass state, mr. president. wendell ford enjoyed telling that story. with his sense penchant for story telling that

Mitch McConnell

0:33:29 to 0:33:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: rivaled his childhood hero alvin barkley and his ability to establish friendship and trust, he quicklyecame a leader amongst his senate colleagues. he served his stint oning the democratic senatorial campaign committee. by 1987 he had risen to become chairman of the senate rules committee. that position put him in charge of the inaugural ceremonies here

Mitch McConnell

0:33:50 to 0:34:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: at the capit for presidents george h.w. bush bill clinton in 1993. kentuckians were proud to see one of their own on the inaugural platfor footsteps away from the new president. wendell was chairman of the joint committee on printing where he worked to trip trim the cost ofovernment printing and kpwhrepltd the first program for

Mitch McConnell

0:34:11 to 0:34:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the use paper. that may not be the type of issue that grabs the headlines, but obviously official washington uses a lot of wendell was ahead of his time in making environmentally friendly efforts that are commonplace now and he saved taxpayers millions of dollars. wendell could see the absurdity

Mitch McConnell

0:34:32 to 0:34:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: of some of what goes on here in wash break the tension with a little humor. one former cleague spoke of one of the senate continued in session until 3:30 or 4:00 in the morning, on here on the senate floor. at one of those times wendell nudged a senator next to him and

Mitch McConnell

0:34:54 to 0:35:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: said, you know, the home think that we're the ones who won. wendell even appeared once on a cable channel -- on the cable channel mtv on a program called "rock the vote" because of his sponsorship of the motor voter law. the mtv appearance made him very

Mitch McConnell

0:35:15 to 0:35:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: popular with his grandchildren. surely the number of u.s. senators who sandwiched between appearances of whitney houston and billy ray cyrus is very

Mitch McConnell

0:35:39 to 0:36:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: he held the slot of whip. he was elected by acclamation and without opposition. that's obviously a position of great responsibility and honor and it speaks to the respect wendell commanded from fellow senators. after his election as whip, he said in kentucky, we're known for our horses. i plan on being a workhorse and not a show horse.

Mitch McConnell

0:36:02 to 0:36:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: i think knowing wendell's ethic, no one doubts he would give his all to the job. in march of 1998, wendell became the longest-serving senator in kentucky history breaking the record of the man he had seen years this is another accomplishment in a long list he has amassed

Mitch McConnell

0:36:23 to 0:36:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: over his stroller successful tenure in both government. wendell ford served this body for 8,772 days, a record that stood for nearly 11 years until january 10, this past saturday. he never lost an election for public office. kentucky sent him to the u.s.

Mitch McConnell

0:36:44 to 0:37:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: senate four times, and he was the first statewide candidateo carry all 120 counties. how does a country boy from yellow creek achieve such a success at the highest level of american politics? i think it's because no matter where he ended up, wendell ford never forgot where he started from.

Mitch McConnell

0:37:06 to 0:37:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: even in his final months in the senate, he still got goose bumps every time he looked up at the capitol dome on his way to work. he remained the to a cigarette and a down-home tale. when his duties didn't require him to be here in washington, he would return home to kentucky,

Mitch McConnell

0:37:27 to 0:37:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: as he did most weekends throughout his senate career. a three-day weekend was a perfect chance to go to the house he and his family owned by rough river lake and reading and fishing. he once said his idea of a vacation was not shaving and not wearing wendell ford never forgot the

Mitch McConnell

0:37:50 to 0:38:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: truly important things in his life: his wife, jean; their children and grandchildren; and the simple pleasures of his native kentucky. many of my colleagues will remember his trademark greeting when he walked into a he'd say, "how are all you lucky people doing?"

Mitch McConnell

0:38:11 to 0:38:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: sometimes that would be shortened to simpl "hey lucky." wendell never lost sight that he was the lucky one for receiving the trust of the people of kentucky many times he'd be the first to tell that, and kentucky and our nation are lucky as well for having had his many years of service. over the next six years, as i

Mitch McConnell

0:38:33 to 0:38:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: work my hardest to better the lives of everyone in kentucky and the country, i'm going to remember the from wendell ford's long career. i'll remember how his life is a testament to the success anybody in america can attain, even a country boy from yellow creek. and i'll remember what an honor it is to continue in the

Mitch McConnell

0:38:54 to 0:39:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: tradition of wendell ford and so many other fine public servants who come from the commonwealth of kentucky. their service will continue to remind me every day energy, determination and kentucky is the best job could

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