Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Lloyd Bentsen, Gone at 85

From CNN:
Lloyd Bentsen, a former congressman, senator and treasury secretary, is dead, his family told CNN on Tuesday.

The 85-year-old Texan died of natural causes at 8:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. ET) at his home in Houston surrounded by family, son Lan Bentsen said.
Tonight we will see repeated replays of the best debate smackdown ever:
As the Democratic 1988 vice presidential nominee, Bentsen was perhaps best known for his curt dismissal during a debate against Republican candidate Dan Quayle, who had compared himself to former President John Kennedy.

"Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy," Bentsen said. "I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
Bentsen was a class act, he will be missed.


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