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Byrd reflects on Wellstone

October 28, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., who was in Berkeley County on Friday to speak at a Democratic fund-raiser, reflected on Sen. Paul Wellstone during an interview.

"If Sen. Wellstone were ... here tonight, he'd urge the people to vote, I think. He wanted people to exercise their duty of voting. I'm sure that would be what he would want to say. He would want to say to the people, 'Get out to the polls. Exercise your right and your duty for your country.'

"I think he was a very, very independent person," Byrd said. "I heard him say just - oh, a couple of weeks ago - he said, 'Now, don't worry about me.' He said, 'I'm going to vote against that Iraqi resolution.' And he said, 'I'll go to the people, and if they don't re-elect me, so be it.' "

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