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Senate Proceeding on Sep 10th, 2009 :: 3:00:50 to 3:08:25
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Lindsey Graham

3:00:47 to 3:01:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: quality, affordable health care for every american. mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: senator from south carolina. mr. graham: it is my understanding that we are going back and forth now to let senator lautenberg know i will not take long, if that's

Lindsey Graham

3:00:50 to 3:08:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

3:01:08 to 3:01:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: appropriate. but today is a day to rember a colleague, a friend, someone who it was a challenge to oppose and a joy to work with. and i wish we weren't here today talking about the passin passing of senator kennedy.

Lindsey Graham

3:01:29 to 3:01:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: we disagreed on most things but found common ground on big things. and everyone has got a story about senator kennedy. there's been a lot of discussion about his life, the legacy, his failings, his human failings, which we all have, his self-inflicted wounds, and his contribution to the country. but i want to talk about what

Lindsey Graham

3:01:50 to 3:02:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: we'll be missing in the senate. we had a giant of a man who was very principled but understood the senate as well as anyone i've ever met and understood the need to give-and-take, to move the country forward. and my experience with senator kennedy was that i used his image in my campaign to get elected, like every other republican did. we don't want to send another

Lindsey Graham

3:02:13 to 3:02:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: person up to help ted kennedy. and he loved that. he got more airtime in republican commercials than the candidates themselves. he loved it. i rember him telling me a story about senator hollings, the tradition in the senate is that when you get reelected you have your fellow senator from that state follow you down to

Lindsey Graham

3:02:34 to 3:02:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the well, and he went over, senato hollings, to senator kennedy and said, i want you to come down and escort me. why i'm not from south carolina? in my campaign you were. you were the other senator from south carolina. and ted got a lot of fun out of that. i think he appreciated the role he played and republicans almost

Lindsey Graham

3:02:56 to 3:03:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to a person would use senator kennedy in their campaign. but when they got here, they understood that senator kennedy was somebody h you wanted to do business with. if you had a bill that you thought would need some bipartisan support, senator kennedy is the first person led think of. and you had to understand the limitations on he could help you

Lindsey Graham

3:03:17 to 3:03:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: w he is not going to help you with certain things because it runs counter to what he believes in. but where you could find common ground on the big issues you had no better ally than senator kennedy. we met with the president's room every morning during the immigration debate. and at night he would call me up and say, lindsey, tomorrow in our meeting you need to yell at

Lindsey Graham

3:03:39 to 3:03:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: me because you need to get something -- i understand that -- and i will fight back, but you will get it. and the next day he would say, i need to yell at you. and sort of wrestling, to be honest with you. and that was fun because he understood how far i could go and he challenged me to go as far as i could. but he never asked me to go further than i was capable of

Lindsey Graham

3:04:00 to 3:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: going. and in return he would walk the plank for you. we had votes on the floor of the senate on emotional-driven amendments designed to break t bill apart from the right and the left, and i walke the plank on the right because i knew he would walk the plank on the left.

Lindsey Graham

3:04:22 to 3:04:45( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: he voted against amendments he probably agreed with, but he understood that the deal would come unraveled and the only thing i can tell you about senator kennedy, without any hess station, is if he told you he would do something, that's all i needed to hear. a handshake from him was better than a video deposition from most people. and i don't know how to say it

Lindsey Graham

3:04:46 to 3:05:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: any more directly than that. opposing him was a lot of fun, because democracy give-and-take to move the ball forward is part of democracy but stand your ground and plant your feet and telling the other side in arpful way to go t hell is also -- in a

Lindsey Graham

3:05:08 to 3:05:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: respectful way to go to hell is also part of democracy. he could do it with the best of them. he could also take a punch as well the spirit of ted kennedy when it comes standing up for what you believe and being able to work with somebody who you disagree with on.

Lindsey Graham

3:05:29 to 3:05:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: if he were alive today, the health care debate would be different. that's not a slam on anybody involved, because this is hard. i don't know if he could deliver. but i think it would be different, and i think it would be more hopeful. the immigration bill failed, but he told me, i have been through this a lot. hard things are hard for a reason, and it will take a long time.

Lindsey Graham

3:05:52 to 3:06:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: he indicated to me that the immigration debate had all the emotion of the civil rights debate. and that was not something he said lightly. and we set in that room with senator kyl and salazar sand a group of senators that came and went and administration officials

Lindsey Graham

3:06:14 to 3:06:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: secretary chertoff, and commerce secretary gutierrez, and we staffs sitting on the wall. it was one of the highlights of my political life to be able sit in that room with senator kennedy and other senators and literally try to write a bill that was difficult.

Lindsey Graham

3:06:36 to 3:06:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: we failed, for the moment, but we're going to reform our immigration system. in the think, the balance that we've achieved, will be the startingfoints for point for a new debate. it is the ultimate give-and-take and it made a lot of sense. to his wife vicky, i got to know

Lindsey Graham

3:06:58 to 3:07:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: ted later in his life. through him i got to know you. i know you're hurting now. but i hope that all the things being said by his colleagues and the people at large is reassuring to you and as we move forward as a senate, when you lookality the history of this body, which is long and

Lindsey Graham

3:07:19 to 3:07:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: distinguished, there kinds of busts to people around here that have done great during challenging times, i would bet everything on that senator kennedy, when the history of this body is written, is at the top echelon of senators who have ever served. the point is that you can be liberal us a want to be, you can be as conservative as you

Lindsey Graham

3:07:40 to 3:08:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to be, and you can be as effective as you want to be. if you want to be liberal and effective, you can be. if you want to be liberal and noneffective, you can choose that route, too. same for being conservive. you don't have to choose. that's what senator kennedy taught this body, and i think what he demonstrated to anybody who wants to come and be a senator.

Lindsey Graham

3:08:03 to 3:08:23( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: so if you're a left-of-center politician looking for a role model, pick ted kennedy. you can be liberal, proudly so, but you also can be effective. what i'm going to try to do with my time up here is be a conservative who can be effective. that's the best tribute i can

Lindsey Graham

3:08:24 to 3:08:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: give to senator kennedy is being somebody on the right who will

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