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U.S . SENA'l 'OR JOSEPH H . !JI L1EN , JH .

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1 98 5

TflANK
YOU
VERY
MUCIL
GOVE
Rf~OR,
FORRECOG
NIZINGTI-IAT
DtLA 1,✓ /\l{E
IS IN FACT
A STATE,
MANY
PLACES I GOOUTSIDE
THEMIDDLEATLANTIC
STATES,
THEY
. ASSUME
I'M FROMSOME
COUNTYINANO
.fHERSTATE,
SOI DO
APPRECIATE
YOURCOMMENT,
AND
IT'S ALSO
NICETOBEHERE,
MR,CHAIR
MAN,ONTHEDAY
- THAT
STROMTHU
RMONDRE-ANNOUNCES
FORPRESIDENT
OFTHE
UNITED
STATES
OFAMERICA,
I AU'-/AYS
THOUGHT
YOUALLWERE
DEMOCRATS,
BUTYOU
VOTED
FORGOLDWATER
ANDYOU'RE
VOTING
FORTHURMOND.
l 'f'-11WT
SURE,I
THINI<MAYBE
STROMHADTHERIGHT
IDEA,OF
LEAVING
WHEN
HEDID,BECAUSE
NOW,YOUKNOW,
HE'SCHAIRMAN
OFTHEJUDICIARY
COMMITTEE,
ANDI SERVE
ATSTROMTHURMOND'S
BIDDING,
SOl MSURE,AFTER
1
THATCRACK
I JUSTMADE
ABOUT
PRESIDENT,
WE'VE GOTTEN
THELAST
FEDERAL
JUDGEDELAWARE'S
GOING
TOGET
IN A LONG
TIME.
I REALLY
WAi~T
YOUTOKNOW
WHY
I CAME
DOWN
TODAY,
MR,CHA
IRf1AN,
I CAME
DOWNTODAYNOT
ONLY TOPAYMYRESPECTS
TOYOU,BUTTO
WITNESS
FIRST-HAND
WHERE
ALLTHEECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT
FROM
DELA\~ARE
HENT,
ANDI VESEEN
' .
IT, I
s r :~'.INiS BlRl ,mAY

YOU HAVE
STOLEN
IT ALL,AND
I'M GLAD
TOSEEYOU'RE
PUTTING
11·TOVERYGOOU
USE.

YOUl<NOW
, HHENI FIRSTGOT
TOTHEUNITED STATES
SENATE,
I HADSEVERAL
LIABILITIES,I STILLHAVE
MANY,
BUTI HAD
SEVERAL
MOREATTHEOUTSET,
ONEOFWHICHWASI WAS
ELECTED
WHEN
I WAS
29 YEARS
OFAGE,
ANDI LITERALLY
HADTROUBLE
GETTING
ONTHEELEVATOHS.
HONESTTOGOODNESS,
THEPAGcS
WOULD
NOTLETMEONTHEELEVATOR
ANDSOIT DIDN'TCOME
ASA SURPRISETOMEWHENI SPOl<E
ON
THEFLOOROFTHESENAT
E., NOONEPAIDATTENTION,
BUTWHAT
DIDCOME
ASA SURPRISE
TOMEWASTHEFIRSTNINE
MONTHS
I WASTHERE,
AND THEFIRSTREAL
DEBATE
--
AND THISIS A TRUE
STORY.,
AND IT'S ONEOFTHEREASONS
WHY
I'M SOINDEBTEDTOSENATOR
STENNIS --
ONEOFTHEFIRSTDEBATES
I WASEVER IN, A WHOLEHEARTED
GENUINE
DEBATE,
HITHONLYSEVERALSENATORSONTHEFLOOR OF
THEUNITED
STATESSENATE,
ABOUT20 MINUTES INTOTHISTWO-
HOURDEBATE,
SENATOR
JOHNC. STENNISWALKED ONTOTHEFLOOR
OFTHEUNITEDSTATES
SENATE,
ANDHECAMEOVER
AND HEPULLEDUPA CHAIRABOUT
FOUR
SEATS
FROMWHERE
I SATJANDHEJUSTTURNEDHISCHAIR
AROUND
AND
HELISTENED
TOME.
AND HESATTHERE
•THEWHOLE
TIME,ANDAFTER
IT vlASOVERHE
'
\'JALKED
UPTOME,·A MAN
WHO
IN FACT
EVEr~
THENTOMEWAS A
LEGEND,
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AND
THENHEWROTEMEA LETTER
THAT I HAVE
HANGING
ONMY
WALLANDI'VESHmmIT TOHIM.,IT'S FRAMED.
HESAID,"TODAY,
IN THEUNITEDSTATES SENAlE,
I WITNESSED
A YOUNG
MAN WHO
HASBECOMEA SENAl- □ R, YOUSlOODLIKEA
STONE
WALL,"
AND,LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN.,
WHEN
I THINK
OFJOHNST~NNIS1
I TIHNI<OFHOWHEBEFRIENDED
METHATFIRSTYEAR
I vJ/\STHERE.,
AND I'M REMINDED
OFA COMMENT
THATWASMADEABOUT
STONEWALL
JACKSON THATCOULD
BEEASILY
ASMUCHREADANDSAIDABOUT
JOHN C. STENNIS,
IT WAS
SAIDOFSTONEWALL
JACKSON/"HEIS ANAVALANCH
FROM
ANUNEXPECTED
QUARTER,
A THUNDERBOLT
FROM A CLEAR
SKY.,
AND
YETHISCHARACTE~
AND
WILL MAKEHIMA STONEWALL
ANDMORE
OFA STONEWALL
THAN
ANYMAN I'VEEVERKNOWN,"
ANDJMR.CHAIRMAN)
WHEN
YOU STAND
ONTHEFLOOROFTHESENATE
ANDYOUPOINT
THATFINGER
ANDYOURAISE
YOURVOICEJ
IT'S LIKE
A BOLT
FROMA CLEAR
SKY,ANDWHEN
YOUSPEAK,
EVERYONE
LISTENS.
AND
ASALLOFMYCOLLEAGUES
HAVE·SAID
HERE
TODAY,ANDYOU'LL
HEAR
OTHERSSAYMORE
OF,HETRULY
DOESSTAND
LIKEA STONE
WALL,
HEIS THEROCKBOUND
INTEGRITY
OFTHEUNITEDSTATES
CONGRESS.
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THEFIRSTCAUCUS
THATI ATTENDED,IT WASA SERIOUS
TIME Ii~THE
AFFAIRS
OF THISN/\TIUN. THE!{[ v/AS
UISCUSSlUN
OF THEIMPEACHMENT
OFA Pl<t
SI !JEN.I
OFTHEUN ITEDSTAT[S
01~
AMERICA.
ANDTHAT SAME
PRESIDENT
OFTHEUNITED
STATES
OFAMERICA,
KNOWIN
G OFJOHN
STENNIS'
INTEGRI
TYANDHOWMUCH
IT WOULD
• MEANIF HESTOOD
THERE,
CALLED
UPONHIM.
ANDMANYOFUSWONDERED WHATJOHNSTENNIS
WOULD
DO,AND
WEHAD A CAUCUS
OFTHEDEMOCRATICUNITED
STATES
SENATORS
,
ANDJOHN STENNIS
ROSE SLOWLY
ANDSPOKE
TOALLOFUSAND
SAID,"THEISSUEIS, AREWESENATEMEN
ORAREWEPRESIDENT'S
MEN
?"
LADIES
ANDGENTLEMEN,
I DON'TKNOW
HOW MANY
MEN
HAVETHAT
MUCHINTEGRITY,
I DON'T
KNOWHOWMANYMEN
COULD
STANDWITH
MENOFSTATURE,
OFEQUAL STATURE
LIKEGOLDWATER
ANDTHURMOND
ANDHUMPHREY
AND OTHERS,
ANDPRESUME
TODOWHAT
WEALLKNEW
HECOULDONLY
DO--
REMirJD
USOFWHOWEWERE,
ANINSTITUTION-- AND
THAT'S
WHAT
THEUNITED
STATES
SENATE
IS -- IS LITTLE
MORETHAN
THE
LENGTHENED
SHADOW
OFA MAN.
AND
JOHNSTENNIS
HASCASTA SHADOW
THATSTRETCHES
FARAND
WIDE,
ANDMADE
THEINSTITUTION
THAT
I'M PROUD
TOSERVEIN
~mAT1T 1s.
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HE'SANOPPO NENTWITHOUT HATE, A FRIENDWITHOUT TREACHERY,


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MAN WITHOUTGUILT --
A SENATOR
WHOMFUTU
RE SENATORS
CANSTUDY
WITH
PROFIT
FORAS
. LONGASTHERE
IS ANAMERICA.
WHEN
I ARRIVED
ATTHESENATE,
IT WAS
NOTTHEHAPPIES
T TIME
OFMYLIFE. MYWIFE
ANDDAUGHTER
HADJUSTBEEN
KILL
EDIN
ANAUTOMOBILE
ACCIDENT
AND JOHNSTENNIS)
WHO(NEW
LITTLE
OFTHISNORTHERN
BOY
WHO WASSUPPOSEDL
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WH
O IN FACT
HENEVER
HEARD
OF, JOHNSTENNIS
BEFRIL
~DED
ME.
JOHN
STENNIS
MAD
E A DIF,~RENCE
IN MYLIFEASHEHASIN MANY
OFTHEMEN
YOU'REGOING ·o HEAR
FROMTODAY,
I HAPPEN
TOBEIRISH)SE1ATOR
) AND WEIRISHHAVE A TOAST
ONBIRTHDAYS.WEIRISHHAVEA LOTOFTHINGSTHAT ARE
VERBAL,
ANDWELIKEOUR BUTTHEONEI'D LIKETO
TOASTS,
SHARE
WITHYOUONYOUR BIRTHDAY
GOESLIKETHIS--
MAY
YOU LOOK
BACKONTHEPASTWITH
ASMUCHPLEASURE
ASYOU
LOOK
FORWARD
TOTHEFUTURE,
BECAUSE
YOU'RE
ONEOFTHEFEW
MEN
WHO KNOWS
THEPAST
BUTIS ALWAYS
LOOKING
TOTHEFUTURE.
I'M HAPPY
TOBEHERE,
MR,CHAIRMAN,
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