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Senate Proceeding on Sep 9th, 2009 :: 1:07:40 to 1:12:35
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Bill Nelson

1:07:37 to 1:07:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: you taught me by the way you lived and the god bless you. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: senator from florida. mr. nelson: mr. president, it is with a good degree of regret, and i'm going to wait until i

Bill Nelson

1:07:40 to 1:12:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

1:07:59 to 1:08:20( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: get the attention of my colleague because he knows the heartfelt sentiment that's i'm going to express because i have tried for now the better part of three months to talk him out of this particular day.

Bill Nelson

1:08:21 to 1:08:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: i didn't want him to resn because it's been good for florida the way the two of us have worked together professionally because it is built on a personal friendship that goes back over 30 years. there w

Bill Nelson

1:08:43 to 1:09:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in session here that mel and i did not talk and, of course, this floor of senate is the place that you can get away from the other distractions and, in come together and have those

Bill Nelson

1:09:06 to 1:09:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: conversations that you want and that was so important in us looking out for the interest of florida. so it is with a great deal of regret that this day has come. i think it's

Bill Nelson

1:09:30 to 1:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: two senators from a state get along and that is particularly true of the two senators from a state who happen to be from different parties. and it is my hope that the kind of relationship that we had, both privately and publicly, as

Bill Nelson

1:09:53 to 1:10:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the two senators from florida set a -- sent a message to our people that you can transcend partisan differences in order to get things done. i believe that that's the relationship that we've had now

Bill Nelson

1:10:17 to 1:10:38( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: going on in the senate for a little over 4 1/2 years, and i just wh that relationship were going to continue for another year and a half to the remainder of senator martinez's term. but for personal reasons he has made this decision. it is incumbent upon me as the

Bill Nelson

1:10:39 to 1:10:59( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senior senator of florida in the newly appointed -- and the newly appointed senator to have the same kind of relationship with him for the good of our country, for the good of our state to transcend political differences, to have a good personal

Bill Nelson

1:11:00 to 1:11:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: relationship so that we can get stuff done in a bipartisan way. i intend do that. and i assume that the new senator will do likewise. let me say that a lot of you don't know with regard to

Bill Nelson

1:11:24 to 1:11:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senator martinez that 30 -- now going on 31, 32 yearsgo when we were a lot younger, i was -- he was already, back then, a very prominent trial lawyer. i was just a pup state legislator trying to run in a

Bill Nelson

1:11:45 to 1:12:07( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: congressional district that included the east coast of florida and the interior, including and mel was one of those high-profile very respected attorneys in central florida.

Bill Nelson

1:12:08 to 1:12:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and lo and behold, mel and his wife, kitty, as i campaigned for that congressional seat in 1978, went out door-to-door for me. and we he kept up that relationship over the years. and so it has been my privilege to have had that personal

Bill Nelson

1:12:30 to 1:12:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: relationship turn into the professional relationships as colleagues and the unitestates

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