Tribute to Senators

Floor Speech

By:  Elizabeth Dole
Date: Nov. 19, 2008
Location: Washington, DC


TRIBUTE TO SENATORS -- (Senate - November 19, 2008)

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Mrs. DOLE. Madam President, I wish to express my deepest thanks for the very kind words of the distinguished ``gentleman'' from Kentucky. I feel very close to this gentleman because we have been very good friends for so many years. Certainly your wife, Elaine Chao, who is doing a tremendous job as Secretary of Labor, has been a friend for many years. In fact, we worked together at the Department of Transportation as colleagues and then also when she was president of United Way and I was president of the American Red Cross. So our paths have continued to cross in terms of our professions but also in terms of personal relationships and the warmth and friendship.

Mitch, I can't tell you how proud I am of your leadership as the Republican leader, and I am so proud you have been reelected by your colleagues. You do a tremendous job. You are a master of the Senate. Through the years, you and I have had a chance to work together on many issues. Of course, it was my privilege early on--I believe in my first year in the Senate--to visit the University of Louisville and the McConnell Center for Political Leadership and to speak to the McConnell Scholars. That is just one of many things you are doing to help others outside the Senate as well as the tremendous work within the Senate.

Just know I treasure your friendship. I look forward to being in close touch and hope there will be many other initiatives on which we can work together, Elaine and Bob and I, in the years to come. Thank you so much for those most kind words wishing me well. I wish you all the very best.

Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, you just witnessed the classic Elizabeth Dole. I came out here to do a tribute to her, and she turned around and did a tribute to me. This is, I would say, indicative of the way Senator Dole has conducted herself in public life throughout her service. We are going to miss her in the Senate, but I know she will continue to make important contributions to our country.

We revere your legacy and look forward to continuing our friendship in the coming years.

Mrs. DOLE. Thank you so much.

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