November 3, 2002
THE RISING ROAD:Bush Pays Tribute to Wellstone (SCOTT LINDLAW, 11/03/02, Associated Press)
In an extraordinary departure from his standard stump speech, Bush opened his remarks by saying Minnesotans were going through "a traumatic time" following Wellstone's death.
"After all, just nine days ago, you lost a principled senator along with his wife and daughter and five other fellow Americans," Bush said. "Paul Wellstone was respected by all who worked with him, he'll be missed by all who knew him.
"Now a vote is coming on in the middle of a state that is mourning," Bush said. "And even though your state is still in mourning, I'm here to remind people from all political parties that you have a duty to vote."
That's the kind of gesture of simple human decency, even at a time when partisanship would counsel silence, that makes true believers out of some of us. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2002 10:13 PM