Sens. Klobuchar, Franken: Paul Wellstone's legacy

  • Article by: AMY KLOBUCHAR and AL FRANKEN
  • Updated: October 24, 2012 - 8:11 PM

The Minnesota senator, who died 10 years ago today, would not have us dwell on the past.

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gunflintmamaOct. 24, 12 8:57 PM

Senator Klobuchar, would Paul Wellstone have spent so much time and effort to remove the federal protections for the gray wolf, so that brave sportsmen could shoot and trap them, for fun, as they are doing this fall? Somehow, I don't think so. Personally, I believe that the late Mr. Wellstone would have fought you tooth and nail on that one. How does that make you feel?

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firefight41Oct. 25, 12 7:14 AM

It is a shame we do not have people like wellstone representing Minnesota in Washington DC now.

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fooledmeonceOct. 25, 12 7:28 AM

Amy and Al aren't monitoring the comments, they're busy, sorry, you'll have to call/write the US Sente offices

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whallingOct. 25, 12 7:36 AM

It is my opinion that Paul Wellstone would be fighting against Harry Reid in the Senate if he were there today. Wellstone would rail against the Senate for not passing a budget in 4 years, thus breaking the law. He would speak out against Obama for not urging the Senate to do its constitutional duty. While he had socialist tendencies, he would be appalled at the level of national debt and the obscene annual deficits created by Democrat leadership in such a short time. Wellstone would look at his colleagues and exclaim "how can you stand by while America goes down the drain". We need another Wellstone.

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deevensonOct. 25, 1211:53 AM

The passing of Paul Wellstone and others was a tradgedy. I never found Paul Wellstones policies or stances to be of one who would cross lines or work with the other side to address issues. He seemed to be very partisan and played to his base.

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buttlesOct. 25, 1212:04 PM

Wellstone would rail against Republican obstruction in the Senate and their overuse of the filibuster. He would be a loud voice against the Republican wars of choice that needlessly ran the deficit up (and were kept "off the books" by the Bush administration to hide how much they cost) and no way would he support Republican plans to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable members of our society.

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buttlesOct. 25, 1212:06 PM

" I never found Paul Wellstones policies or stances to be of one who would cross lines or work with the other side to address issues" == Apparently you missed Jim Ramstads commentary about Wellstone that was published a few days ago.

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firefight41Oct. 25, 12 1:23 PM

Wellstone would rail against Republican obstruction in the Senate and their overuse of the filibuster. He would be a loud voice against the Republican wars of choice that needlessly ran the deficit up *********** Wellstone was not in the senate when the republicans were "over using" the filibuster. And it was both parties that ran up the deficit and debt.

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garagewineOct. 25, 12 3:59 PM

Wellstone had one of the most hyper-partisan voting records in the Senate. It is a tragedy that he was killed in the plane crash, but I am not nostalgic for his time in office.

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endothermOct. 25, 12 5:41 PM

Paul Wellstone wasn't perfect, but I always felt he was honest and committed to helping people in Minnesota. When Wellstone had your back, he had your BACK. The man would show up and fight for the people he wanted to help. And he believed it was his duty to help people who couldn't easily help themselves, working families and people without a lot of resources. In this, Wellstone was the exact opposite of Mitt Romney--who only advocates policies by the rich and for the rich. We need more Wellstones in Washington and fewer Romneys.

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