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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Romney Tribute to Orrin Hatch  CSPAN  April 28, 2022 12:34am-12:47am EDT

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friend. senator orrin hatch. a man of vision and unparalleled legislative accomplishment as the longest-serving senator in utah's history's unwavering dedication to the stateur and country during four decades of public service will be remembered for generations to come. fewer have left such a remark on the united states senate. he did this through his legislation and through the relationships with other senators, he did it through bipartisanship and his relationship with presidents in both parties. like his good friend, ted kennedy, he was a lion of the senate. i know there have been a number of senators who take responsibility for accomplishing many things, but i don't think there's been a better legislature that has gotten more done legislatively van orrin
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hatch. a judiciary, fundamentals of the economy and character are more elevated and more secure thanks to his leadership, thanks to his capacity to plow ahead. for more legislation than any other member of the time of his retirement, he used his time in this chamber to work tirelessly to help people who he reached across the aisle to forge bipartisan relationships that allowed him to pass landmark legislation. orrin hatch and ted kennedy were once signing a bill together celebrating the same bill and president reagan turned to him and said how is it that you and ted kennedy are celebrating the
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same piece of legislation. he turned back and said it'sle very simple, mr. president. it's clear that one thing is obvious. one of us didn't read it. his sense of humor was well-known in the chamber and throughout the state his friends often remarked he could have been a standup comic if you wanted to but he had too many important things he wanted to do than to take the job seriously. he put friendship above politics. he called me in 1994. i was then running for a senate seat t against ted kennedy, kind a tall task for a guy from massachusetts to go against ted kennedy but someone needed to do it. i wanted to see if i couldn't get ted kennedy on the right track but at that time orrin hatch and i hardly knew each other. we were just acquaintances but he was a close friend of ted kennedy's. he called me and said i am a
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republican, responsible for republicans elected i'm not going to campaign for you he said because ted kennedyoo is just that goodf a friend. he putit friendship above politics. ine addition to his legislative accomplishments, orrin hatch played l a pivotal role in sevel landmark conservations while serving as one of the longest serving chairs of the senate judiciary committee. his positive impact in the state of utah and the nation's federal judiciary cannot be overstated. i was asked to run the olympic games in saltlake city i met wih and said i'm going to need your help. heha made it very clear the success of the olympics coming as they were going to to our state would be a high priority and he would do whatever
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necessary to support the effort. then came the crisis of 9/11 in 2001. i knew i couldn't invite the people of the world to come to salt lake city unless i was confident that everything that could be done would be done to keep them safe and without the help of the federal government there could be no secure provision for the games and certainty that we could be protected. in the morning after the attacks of 9/11 i happened to be in washington and i called senator hatch on the phone. at the time he was in his senate office. i asked if we could get together at some point to talk about how to move forward and provided the security funding that might be necessary to protect the games. without hesitation he said come over to the office right now. i did so and when we got there we sat down and he said what do you think you need and i described the need for fencing
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and personnel to evaluate the security threats that might exist. a military air capacity to secure the. skies over salt lake city during the games and he said what's the biggest challenge you will face and i said well, senator, john mccain of arizona hasn't been a fan of providing support for olympic games. he thinks money has been misused in the past. he said it wouldn't be now given what happened on 9/11. let's go see john mccain right now. so he picked up the phone and called senator mccain and he said he would be happy to see me and his friend orrin hatch. we went over to senator mccain's office and sat down and orrin hatch proceeded to describe how important it was that we host the games and that to senator hatch get the support he needed and senator mccain made it very clear he wouldn't stand in the of doing anything that would
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be needed to secure the games in salt lake city. so, i owed orrin hatch a great deal of credit for helping us to be able to host games in salt lake city successfully, and to do so without security incident. i think everyone knows orrin hatch was a man of tremendous faith. he was a advocate to protect religious freedom and legislation that he offered in this regard still stands in protecting the rights of people of faith in the country today. he dedicated his life to a commitment to jesus christ and the principles of christianity. he did so by accepting callings in the church of jesus christ of latter day saints serving as both a missionary as a young man and leader as a bishop of a
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congregation. he enjoyed life and appreciated all that it had to offer. you may know he was a composer and has a number of songs and musical performances to. his credit. he wrote poetry and he wrote jokes. when i was running for president he sent me a whole page of jokes he wanted me to use and i must admit i looked at them one by one and i didn't think they were that funny but i read them to the people on the bus and they listened to them one by one and the more they listened, the funnier they got and by the time i was finished with the page, they were howling with laughter. the man had an extraordinary capacity with music, humor, legislation, friendships, really one-of-a-kind. he also was pretty good at self-deprecating jokes. he told me to lighten up a little bit and be a little bit
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more free with my language so i decided to let panic and a dang drop into my language from time to time. his affinity for buffets and bacon were not to be forgotten as well. in his words we should choose to live every day like it is bacon mother's day and i hope that we will save her life as he did. orrin hatch believed the peopleh you love and friends you have are the currency of life. i believe that deeply. he had a lot of friends not just in this room but throughout theseld buildings, throughout te state. i remember walking through the capital with orrin hatch and from time to time someone would come up to him and want to ask a question or ask for help on some issue of theirs and instead of doing like most of us to do, putting our head down and pointing out that we have important things to get to, he
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would stop and bend his tall physique down to listen to what the person had to say and would listen attentively and say he would do what he could to help. i've seen that a time and time again. he always had time for the people he served and not surprisingly he had and still has a lot of friends. first on the list would be there wife. they raised six children and 23i grandchildren. he and elaine were married for more than six decades. she has been by him every step ofr his career and his political involvement in the country. we send our deepest condolences to elaine and the entire family.
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god be with you until we meet again and i hope you will feel i haven't let you down taking your place in this great chamber.


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