Franken Tearfully Honors Sen. Paul Wellstone On 15th Anniversary Of Plane Crash – Full Speech
Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) was killed in a plane crash 15 years ago on Oct 25, 2002. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) now holds Wellstone’s seat and took to the Senate floor Tuesday night to remember his friend.
Statement from Senator Al Franken’s office:
“Paul was a tireless, passionate champion for working families, for veterans, for farmers, and for those who simply needed a voice. His life and his work meant a lot to Minnesota, and it inspired my own time in the Senate. I keep Paul’s picture and Senate nameplate in my office as a reminder of him, and each day I serve, I think back to his words: ‘Politics is not about power. Politics is not about money. Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning. Politics is about the improvement of people’s lives.’
“While it’s been 15 years now since our good friend Paul was last with us, his legacy lives on in so many ways. It lives on in the generation of students and activists he trained and inspired in Minnesota. It lives on in the policies he fought for here in the Senate—for access to mental health care, for a cleaner environment, and making sure working families get a fair shot. And it lives on in the countless lives he touched, including my own. Franni and I miss Paul—he truly made us better—and Minnesota misses him too. I hope his legacy will continue to inspire future generations.”