The news of Sen. Edward Kennedy's incurable brain tumor struck hard in Washington this week. Capitol Hill's boldest liberal, the Massachusetts senator is respected by members on both sides of the aisle and well-known as a skilled and passionate orator.
This week, Word for Word features excerpts from some of the Senator's speeches over his 46-year career that earned him a reputation as Washington's "liberal lion."
Here's an example from a speech he made on the Senate floor in winter of 2007 when he chided Republicans for stalling a bill that would increase the minimum wage:
"What is the price we ask the other side? What is the price that you want form these working men and women? What cost? How much more do we have to give to the private sector and to business? How many billion dollars more are you asking? Are you requiring? When does the greed stop?"
In this current election season, there's a lot of discussion lately about politicians as skilled orators -- how important is it for the people voted into public office to be passionate speakers? Is it rare to find politicians who have a talent for public speaking? What other memorable speeches made by politicians do you remember?
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