For some reason I'm quite saddened by this. Bentsen was a statesman.
Perhaps that's why. May he rest in peace.
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, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...>
> Lloyd Bentsen, former senator and treasury secretary,
> dies at 85
> Texan ran for vice president in 1988
> Tuesday, May 23, 2006; Posted: 11:45 a.m. EDT (15:45
> HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- Lloyd Bentsen, a courtly Texan
> who represented the state in Congress for 28 years and
> served as President Clinton's first treasury
> secretary, died Tuesday morning, his family said. He
> was 85.
> Bentsen, also the Democratic 1988 vice presidential
> nominee, died at his home in Houston.
> It was during that campaign that he told rival Dan
> Quayle in a debate, "You're no Jack Kennedy."
> His distinguished political career took him from the
> humble beginnings of a county office in the Rio Grande
> Valley in the 1940s to six years in the U.S. House, 22
> in the U.S. Senate and two in the Clinton Cabinet,
> where he was instrumental in directing the
> administration's economic policy.