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MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript

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SCHULTZ: From Regent, North Dakota, Senator Byron Dorgan.

And Senator, I don"t think we"re going to be making any news here tonight, but I"m going to take this opportunity to tell THE ED SHOW audience and many who have listened on the radio for years that I have taken my political lead from you for a long time, and you are a dear friend, you are an honest man, you are fair, and you have never given up on the American worker.

I honor you. I admire you. And the Senate is losing a treasure. And I"m proud to say that you are my friend.

DORGAN: Oh, listen, Ed, thank you so much.

You know, I"m not vanishing. You know, I"m moving on to another chapter of my life. But this has been a great privilege.

And at this moment in this country, it"s important for us to continue pushing through the finish line here. We have got to make good decisions.

You know, I"ve told you before, Ed, there"s no preordained notion that America is always going to succeed. It requires courage and good decisions for our country.

So thanks for what you do, by the way. And I have cherished and treasured our friendship as well. I think it"s important to stand up and speak up and shout out when necessary.

SCHULTZ: You know, it"s interesting you talked about Ted Kennedy today, because I don"t think labor ever had a better friend than Ted Kennedy. I don"t think the American farmer ever had a better friend than Byron Dorgan. I don"t think the rural Americans in this country ever had a better friend than Byron Dorgan.

And you will be remembered as a fighter and a man who back in 1999, stood up on the Senate floor and said we"re wrong to get rid of Glass-Steagall, and that we"re going to come back in this chamber in the United States Senate 10 years later and we"re going to regret this. Lo and behold, it was almost like the words coming down from the heavens.

You were spot on. You knew. And you are a treasure. And I know a lot of Americans are going to miss you.

DORGAN: Well, thanks a lot, Ed. I mean, it"s--there"s no pleasure in being right when a catastrophe that hit this country, you know, shrunk $15 trillion away from the economy. But, you know, we just--we need to expect in public service that there"s somebody that"s going to speak for workers and farmers and people that open up their small business door every morning.

If you have just a moment, I spoke on the floor today and talked about at Franklin Delano Roosevelt"s funeral, there was a story about a journalist who went to a working man who was standing there holding his cap as they were waiting to file through the Capitol and see the casket--or the coffin of the dead president. A journalist asked this working man--he said, "Did you know Franklin Delano Roosevelt?" And the working man had tears in his eyes and he said, "No, but he knew me."

And that"s the question. Who knows working people today in this country? And who"s standing up for them and doing the things we ought to do to make a better life for them, give them jobs and opportunity?

SCHULTZ: Senator Dorgan, thank you for serving this country for 40 years. Thanks for doing what you"ve done. And Godspeed, my friend. We"ll do it again.

DORGAN: Hey, thanks, Ed.

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