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Senate Proceeding on Dec 14th, 2009 :: 4:22:00 to 4:24:05
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Lamar Alexander

4:21:57 to 4:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: care. mr. alexan idaho is here. we both had the experience of being governors, as did presiding officer in her state of new hampshire. but we were talking the other day -- and i hope you don't mind me repeating that. i worked with the democratic legislature the whole time i was always did on anything important

Lamar Alexander

4:22:00 to 4:24:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar Alexander

4:22:19 to 4:22:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: was we sat down together, we had our different positions, we fought during elections, but we we -- we worked things out, and we didn't go forward unless we found a way to agree. and that -- that meant i usually didn't get my way. i got some of my way, but i had to take into account that someone else -- in this

Lamar Alexander

4:22:41 to 4:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the democratic legislature in tennessee -- might have a different idea. sometimes it was a better idea. and i would ask the senator from idaho, we talk a lot about bipartisanship around here, but the reason for bipartisanship is that these big bills are bills. we're expected to make difficult decisions. are we going to reduce the

Lamar Alexander

4:23:02 to 4:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: growth of medicare, are we going to expand medicaid, are people going to be required to insurance? what are we going to do about health care premiums? many of these decisions are controversial. when the american people look at washington and side of the political spectrum is pushing a bill through and the other side says absolutely

Lamar Alexander

4:23:23 to 4:23:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: not, what kind of confidence is that going to give the american people? on the other hand, if they look at washington as they did in the civil rights legislation that we talked about in the 1960's where lyndon johnson was president, a democrat, and everett dirksen was the republican leader and they saw the republican leader saying okay, this is a tough

Lamar Alexander

4:23:45 to 4:24:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: problem but we have a solution that we both agree with, then the american people have some confidence in that. so bipartisanship is not just a nice thing, it's a signal to the american people that -- that people of different points of view think a controversial decision is in the country's interests, and isn't that totally lacking here?

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