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Senate Proceeding on Sep 10th, 2009 :: 3:49:20 to 4:01:10
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Max Baucus

3:49:16 to 3:49:37( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: legacy in this body, and we should not forsake thank you very mr. president. i yield the floor. mr. baucus: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana is recognized following the passing of president john f.

Max Baucus

3:49:20 to 4:01:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Max Baucus

Max Baucus

3:49:38 to 3:49:59( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: senator mike mansfield said, "he gave us of his love that we, too, in turn might give." these words ring true today as we rember the life of our late colleague, s so much of this country's history in the past half-century

Max Baucus

3:50:00 to 3:50:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: can be astribted to this one man -- attributed to this one man. but ted kennedy was also a modest man. he would not have put it that way. speaking almost 30 years the 1980 democratic national convention, he quoted ten quote: "i am a part of all that i have met, though much is

Max Baucus

3:50:22 to 3:50:43( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: taken, much abides. that which we are, we are one equal temper of hearts, strong in will, to strive to see defined and not to yield." in the more than 46 years that senator kennedy served in this body, he did not not yield a in turn he affected each and

Max Baucus

3:50:44 to 3:51:04( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: every american. during his career in this senate, senator kennedy authored thousands ofills and hundreds of them became law. from championing rights to advocating equal opportunity and higher education, to fighting for example is to affordable health care for all americans --

Max Baucus

3:51:05 to 3:51:25( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to access to affordable health care for all americans, senator kennedy's work has improved the quality of lives for millions of americans. over the past two heard many speak of these accomplishme mr. president, it didn't take long for me to realize when i came to

Max Baucus

3:51:26 to 3:51:46( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: and more as each year passed -- that ted kennedy is probably the greatest legislator in modern american political history. the guy amazing, an inspiration for me personally to try to be a very, very good legislator.

Max Baucus

3:51:47 to 3:52:08( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: now many people have also said that. i'm not the only one who's recognized his talents, t was probably the best legislator inodern american political history. let me just say why that was true for me. first of all, it was of his convictions. his moral compass was set so true.

Max Baucus

3:52:09 to 3:52:29( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: for the average person, the little guy, the person who didn't have representation -- health rights. he just believed so passionately, so steadfastly. his moral compass was just so firmly set. ther kennedy was and what he believed

Max Baucus

3:52:30 to 3:52:51( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: in and it made him alive. it was his dream to fulfill the lives of people who he worked so hard for. all of us rember ted kennedy working so hard to fulfill his dream. he'd he'd stand up and red-faced.

Max Baucus

3:52:52 to 3:53:12( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: he'd get so involved, so passionate, speaking so almost shouting what he believed in. you couldn't help but know that here's aguy who believes what he says and, my gosh, let's listen to him. he also had terrific staff. ted kennedy's staff has had him

Max Baucus

3:53:13 to 3:53:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: so well-prepared, all these briefings i'll never forget the briefing books that ted brought. he studied them. he read them. he was so well, well-prepared. along with his passion was his preparation and his staff just helped him prepare. it is all one team. they worked so closely together

Max Baucus

3:53:35 to 3:53:55( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: for the causes they believed n i also was impressed and found him to be such a great legislator because after the speeches which he thoroughly and passionately, he'd sit down with you and start to negotiator, try to work out an agreement, try to work out some solution that made sense for him and made

Max Baucus

3:53:56 to 3:54:17( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: if you happened to be on the other side. it was amazing to sit in a room and watch him work. a different demeanor, different temperament. he'd sit there. he'd cajole, talk, jokes, all in good spirit, you know, all in an attempt to try to get -- get to

Max Baucus

3:54:18 to 3:54:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the solution where he wanted to be. on the one hand he'd be ou in the chamber thundering. in the conference room he ha he'd be here, all right, let's figure this out. how do we get this done? it was amazing. it was such a lesson learned watching him i think he is also one of the

Max Baucus

3:54:39 to 3:54:59( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: best legislators in modern american political history was he was such a -- with such a light touch. he really cared individually for people, not just groups and masses. but individually. we've harder references to -- we've heard references to the book that he gave senator byrd, the poetory book and how sator

Max Baucus

3:55:00 to 3:55:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: kennedy would over to senator and listening to senator chambliss. senator kennedy made sure he knew when senator grandchildren were here so that the grandchildren could see his dogs. he loved his dogs, but just that

Max Baucus

3:55:22 to 3:55:43( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: real, real light touch. i remember when he referred to senator byrd's, i think, 67th wedding he is such a caring guy. he sent 67 roses to robert and irma byrd. and all the rembers he wrote. the handwritten letters he wrote. here is this wonderful guy

Max Baucus

3:55:44 to 3:56:05( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: probably never use add blackberry. doesn't know what they are. he knows what they are. doesn't use them. he writes notes and hundreds of notes, thousands of handwritten notes, 10,000 of handwritten notes. he'd write note to anybody any time. just a light touch, a birthday, or call them up on their first day. just a thank you.

Max Baucus

3:56:06 to 3:56:26( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: call tm up -- somebody is in the hovment he himself would just do thravment more than any other senator here that i can think of and i'll bet you to say that probably more than most senators combined here. he was just that way. let me just give you one smoa smal my mother -- well, several years ago

Max Baucus

3:56:27 to 3:56:47( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: hometown of hellen in a, montana, i was in a meeting, came back late the meeting, my mother said, max, ted kennedy called. really? my mother said, i told were how the. we had a nice chat.

Max Baucus

3:56:48 to 3:57:09( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i said what did you tiewk about? "oh, the mile city bucket horse sale." that's an event a few days later i walked up to ted and said, ted, i understand you talked to my mother? , oh, he said, you know, how sometimes the telephone, you're talking to somebody, you can tell who the person is. your mother, she is such a wonderful person.

Max Baucus

3:57:10 to 3:57:31( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: she's so gracious and and on talking about my mother. the conversation that the two of them had and they never met each other before. my mother is a staunch republican and here's ted kennedy. he they just hit it off. i went back home a few days later and told my mother, mom, boy, ted was impressed with the telephone call you had. my mother said, oh, gee, that's great.

Max Baucus

3:57:32 to 3:57:52( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: my mom wrote ted a note thanking him for being so -- for her so much to me, her son. you know, just a few days earlier. the next thing i and ted were penpals. ted wrote a letter back to my mother. they're back and forth. i'd be in a committee hearing

Max Baucus

3:57:53 to 3:58:14( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: someplace and ted would say, hey, max, look. here's the letter i'm writing your mother. and basically they were just reminiscing about montana and about the mile city bucket horse seacialtion which is reason why ted is such a great die guy. he lived life so fusm he loved life. he embraced life in all the ways

Max Baucus

3:58:15 to 3:58:35( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that he -- that life was available to a man he was just wonderful that way. back in 1960 when his dad -- his brother was running for president, ted was assigned western states in the 1960 presidential campaign. ted was went to a democratic gathering. wasn't anybody there.

Max Baucus

3:58:36 to 3:58:58( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: so he wnts to the mile city bucket horse sale. we in montana -- in mile city, montana, have this bucking event, you take the horses off the prairie and buck them and put bids on the horses. the

Max Baucus

3:58:59 to 3:59:20( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: highest bid and go off -- the rodeo s use them. ted was there he went to the mile city bucking horse sale. the announcer said, well, young man, if you want to speak, first you got to ride a horse. and ted said, why not? ted gotten to a bronc.

Max Baucus

3:59:21 to 3:59:42( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: there is a wonderful photo of ted at the mile city bucking horse sale in montana. somebody had a quick finger. there's ted on this bronc. he was the best bronc rider we ever saw. he sure had a great time on that horse. long and shofort it is, he is a great man for so many reasons and we just -- we love ted for

Max Baucus

3:59:43 to 4:00:04( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: all that he was. again, the greatest legislator i think in modern american political history. and i just also am so with what a family man he was. as the years went by, his brothers tragically lost and all that happened in the kennedy family,ed was a rock to others

Max Baucus

4:00:05 to 4:00:27( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: in the family. he just experienced so much. he'd been through so much, so much tragedy. obviously helped him so much character. and he is more than an icon who fought for causes. he is more than a voice for the commonwealth of maschusetts. ages i mentioned, he was a -- as i mentioned, avenues loving son,

Max Baucus

4:00:28 to 4:00:49( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: brother, husband, father. working with him for the past years was one of the greatest honors i've had as a united states senator. and i would just say that, ted, we're going to -- as far as i'm concerned, we're going to take up your last great cause -- that's health care reform. we're all here in the snoot do all we can to ghat passed.

Max Baucus

4:00:50 to 4:01:10( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i personally am going to pledge every ounce of energy at my command to help get health reform passed for all amerin people and for ted kennedy. a wonderful man and just sorely missed. i might say, mr. president, i don't think there's going to be another man or woman in the senate again who is such a giant

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