"IT WOULD BE A TREMENDOUS LEGACY TO HIS LIFE"
Sen. Claire McCaskill said that becoming one of Ted Kennedy's colleagues in the Senate changed the one-dimensional image she had of him from afar as a "wild liberal."
Speaking in Springfield Wednesday, McCaskill also said that if Kennedy had been healthy enough to participate in this summer's healthcare debate, the liberal lion would've brought more Republicans to the table to craft bipartisan legislation.
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ON HIS POPULARITY: "Among the Republican Senators, there was no Senator they would rather work with than Ted Kennedy."
ON HIS KINDNESS: "He never hesitated to slow down to talk to the youngest member of the Senate, to the people that worked the elevators to the people who were sweeping the floor."
ON HIS DEATH'S IMPACT ON HEALTHCARE: "Fires lit under the Senate have a tendency to smolder, not burn brightly . . . It would be a tremendous legacy to his life."