Classic Senate Speeches
"...somehow it mattered to him to be able to say that all of this was done aloud."
Martin Gold: Counsel to the Senate Republican Leader
Describing Senator Robert Byrd's dedication to the Senate and his mastery of its rules, Gold recalls the senator's long series of speeches on the history of the institution.
“He just had something to say and he went down and said it."
Richard A. Arenberg: Staff to Senators Paul Tsongas, George Mitchell and Carl Levin
Arenberg describes how Senator Paul Tsongas' unconventional maiden Senate speech upset his senior colleague from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy.
“'Well, the one thing we do know about is that undelivered speech of yours from November 1963.'"
Richard A. Baker: Senate Historian
Baker recalls how Senator Mike Mansfield finally came to deliver his classic 1963 Senate speech.