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U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 12:09 am

Family members say former U.S. Sen. and Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen has died, The Associated Press reports.

Bentsen, also the Democratic 1988 vice presidential nominee, died at his home in Houston.

It was during that campaign that he told rival Dan Quayle in a debate, "You're no Jack Kennedy."



http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/23/bentsen.obit.ap/index.html

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[Edited 2006-05-23 17:25:03]
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 12:34 am

 tombstone 

I thought he was a pretty ok guy.
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 12:48 am

I liked Lloyd, he has always been an interesting character down here in Texas. One of the few politicians who not only was affable but at least appeared to have some semblance of character. Great guy and he will definitely be missed here in the Lone Star State.

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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 12:56 am

Had a long career of service to the nation, but, in a society of sound bites, will probably be remembered for his quip to Dan Quayle, comparing him to JFK.

R.I.P.
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 1:00 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 3):
will probably be remembered for his quip to Dan Quayle, comparing him to JFK.

"I knew Jack Kennedy, and believe me Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy".

Best line ever . . .
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 1:01 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):
"I knew Jack Kennedy, and believe me Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy".

Best line ever . . .

And the look on Quayle's face was absolutely priceless.  Smile

I'm surprised someone didn't do one of those "Priceless" jokes online with that one.
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 1:55 am

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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 2:01 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):
"I knew Jack Kennedy, and believe me Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy".

Thought it was "I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine, and believe me Senator, [... pause/...] you're no Jack Kennedy.

Not to knitpick, however I remember that pause and everybody was wondering was he was about to say. A great moment.

To me he was a good, strongly pro-Business Democrat... the kind I can get along with!

RIP, and Thanks for all those years of service.

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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 2:06 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
waiting for confirmation from RTE

Keep waiting. It isn't there as of a couple of minutes ago.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):
"I knew Jack Kennedy, and believe me Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy".

Best line ever . . .

For a zinger, yes. For sheer deer in the headlights you have to go with Adm. Stockdale's "Who am I? Why am I here?"

Pretty good politician and kept the Treasury intact.
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 2:48 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):
"I knew Jack Kennedy, and believe me Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy".

Best line ever . . .

And had Quayle been thinking, the best comeback ever would have been, "You're right - I only sleep with my wife."
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 3:34 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 9):
And had Quayle been thinking, the best comeback ever would have been, "You're right - I only sleep with my wife."

 rotfl   rotfl 

And a comeback to that would be: "After looking at Marilyn, everyone is still trying to figure out why."  Big grin
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 3:36 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):

"I knew Jack Kennedy, and believe me Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy".

Best line ever . . .

Great line. Absolutely.

Best line ever? I'm not sure.

Ronnie's line about not making his opponent's youth and inexperience an issue when asked about the "age" issue during his debate was right up there.

Attacking Quayle is like beating up the retarded kick. Entertaining? Possibly to some. Satisfying - no way.
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 4:07 am

Quoting Pope (Reply 11):
Ronnie's line about not making his opponent's youth and inexperience an issue when asked about the "age" issue during his debate was right up there.

I think his line was "And I will not hold the inexperience and youth of my opponent against him." And Reagan was so engaging and always had that twinkle in his eye, that even Mondale had to laugh. But Walter wasn't mad, he obviously thought it was great.

I think that trumped Bensten's line, simply because it was delievered in a jovial manner.
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 4:15 am

Quoting Pope (Reply 11):
Attacking Quayle is like beating up the retarded kick. Entertaining? Possibly to some. Satisfying - no way.

(And I assume "kick" was to = "hick.")

Golly...then imagine what *running him for Vice President of the US* must have been like for the Reeps!

And then electing him. Weren't those the days!  Smile
 
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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Wed May 24, 2006 4:31 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 9):
And had Quayle been thinking

No minor point, that.


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RE: U.S. Sen Lloyd Bentsen Has Died

Thu May 25, 2006 1:15 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
waiting for confirmation from RTE

just wondered, and checked up media in the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, and Switzerland and can say that it is a "no-news" here. Whenever I remember Bentsen as a nice man, I have to tell you that he was/is not well known outside the USA.

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