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Classic Senate Speeches

Martin Gold

"...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.

Photo of Richard Arenberg

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.

Senate Historian Richard Baker

“'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.


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