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Across the Aisle IV: Ted Kennedy Showed Senate Way

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First-term U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss was on the Senate floor two days after being sworn in when Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy introduced himself.

“Saxby, you are chair of our subcommittee and I’m ranking member. I’ll be in your office tomorrow and we’ll talk about priorities,” Kennedy said. Saxby politely demurred, suggesting they meet in Kennedy’s office instead. Later, Chambliss said Kennedy told him: “That’s not how the Senate works.”

“That sort of set the tone of the difference,” Saxby says in this segment of Across the Aisle. “It gave us an opportunity to work together and provide leadership.”

– Chris Schroder, The 100 Companies

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