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Senate Proceeding 07-20-10 on Jul 20th, 2010 :: 0:57:35 to 1:03:40
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Saxby Chambliss

0:57:25 to 0:57:37( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: very goo day from the standpoint of having the opportunity to remember the strong and positive leadership

Johnny Isakson

0:57:35 to 1:03:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Johnny Isakson

Johnny Isakson

0:57:38 to 0:57:58( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: of senator paul the presiding officer: the senator from mr. isakson: i am honored and privileged to join leader mcconnell and senator chambliss to take a few minutes to talk about paul coverdell and his lovely wife nancy. mitch mcconnell has done some great recollections of paul's service in the senate.

Johnny Isakson

0:57:59 to 0:58:19( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: senator chambliss has told some great stories of his relationship with senator coverdell. i want to share some of mine to just certify and document that everything they've said is absolutely correct. i met paul coverdell in 1972, two years after he was elected to the georgia state senate as the fifth republican to serve there. i was running for the georgia

Johnny Isakson

0:58:20 to 0:58:40( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: house of representatives. and although i lost in 1974, i won in 1976. and a few years later i became the leader of the republicans in the georgia house of representatives, and paul was the senate leader. the senate had their caucus elections every january after elections. i always loved the senate elections. they had five caucus officers

Johnny Isakson

0:58:41 to 0:59:02( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: and five republican senators. so instead of having elections, they drew straws. they drew straws and they drew paul coverdell to which he was forever reelected. paul was the most organized guy i have ever known and was the most goal-oriented guy i have ever known. his goal when we were

Johnny Isakson

0:59:03 to 0:59:25( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: outnumbered 10-1 in the senate democrats and republicans and 8-1 democrats and republicans in the house, he dreamed of the day we were in the majority. as the republican leader of the house, he would summon me by kind invitation on every monday morning to the buck head waffle house or the buckhead ihop where we would have coffee and talk

Johnny Isakson

0:59:26 to 0:59:49( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: about how we would be in the majority party in georgia. i'm an optimist. i believed we could get there too. but paul had a step-by-step plan, a plan in 1976 seemed tantamount to impossible, but a plan which was realized by his election to the senate in 1992 and ultimately the first governor in the history of our

Johnny Isakson

0:59:50 to 1:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: state postreconstruction in 2002. paul was a partisan but he was, above that, american. he was a man of ideas. folks have tked about the coverdell savings accounts -- education accounts which he authored in the senate and are now law. but i remember in georgia in the 1970's and 1980's when he championed the mandatory seat

Johnny Isakson

1:00:12 to 1:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: belt law, and believe me in a state like georgia where you have a got a lot of pickup trucks, a lot of rural communities, wearing a seat belt wasn't the most popular thing in the world but paul knew it w good for saving lives, you knew it was good for lowering insurance ate raitts because he was an insurance man and he fought against a majority that didn't want it and he prevailed and won. and today many lives have been safed because of the efforts of

Johnny Isakson

1:00:36 to 1:01:00( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: coverdell and the georgia legislature. senator chambliss told his story of paul and his dark suit and his red tie and white shirt. i want to tell mine. back in 1982 i was on the beach at jekyll island, georgia, following a joint

Johnny Isakson

1:01:01 to 1:01:23( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: republican-senate republican conference. in the distance we could see this figure coming toward us that looked from a distance to have a suit on, washingtoning on the beach with his shoes in his hand and his pantlegs rolled up. the closer he got, more we realized that's paul coverdell.

Johnny Isakson

1:01:24 to 1:01:44( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: paul came in his red tie, his buttoned-down white shirt, his dark pin-striped suit but with his shoes in his hands. sat in the sand with us, got up and left. i'm not sure i didn't see paul when he didn't have on the dark suit, red tie and white shirt. he was always dressed to the nine's and always ready for

Johnny Isakson

1:01:45 to 1:02:05( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: whatever challenge came. his wife nancy is a beautif lady actually had her real estate license in my company. so not only did i know pawcialg i knew nancy. for 35 years they were as close a friends that i've ever had. for 35 years they served georgia day in and day out, in exafer

Johnny Isakson

1:02:06 to 1:02:27( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: capacity -- in whatever dpasty they could to make it a great state. when paul was elected in the georgia state senate as the fifth republican senator in georgia history, for somebody to think a republican majority could ever take plashings they would have laughed. the legislative office building

Johnny Isakson

1:02:28 to 1:02:50( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: wherever member has an office, is now the paul coverdell legislative office building. went from the bottom in terms of numbers and he went to the top, but he climbed it one step at a tiesm he climbed it one commitment at a tievment and he never lost sight of the fact that he was an american first and a republican second. but always committed to the values of georgia and the values and the conservative principles that we share.

Johnny Isakson

1:02:51 to 1:03:11( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: so on this day, just 10 years after his passing, we rise today to pay tribute to a great american, a great member the senate, and a leader who made it possible for people like senator chambliss and myself to follow in his footprints and one day ultimately serve in the greatest deliberative body in the world, the united states senate. i pay tribute to paul coverdell and his legacy and his beautiful

Johnny Isakson

1:03:12 to 1:03:29( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: wife nancy and yield back the balance of my time. the presiding officer: cloture having been invoked on the motion to invoke cloture to concur with amendment in the house amendment, fer it is inconsistent with cloture.

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