Lloyd Bentsen Dies at 85
Longtime Texas Senator and Clinton Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen has died.
Bentsen, also the Democratic 1988 vice presidential nominee, died at his home in Houston. It was during that campaign that he told rival Dan Quayle in a debate, “You’re no Jack Kennedy.”
His distinguished political career took him from the humble beginnings of a county office in the Rio Grande Valley in the 1940s to six years in the U.S. House, 22 in the U.S. Senate and two in the Clinton Cabinet, where he was instrumental in directing the administration’s economic policy.
The Quayle zinger, almost certainly Bentsen’s least honorable public moment, will likely be the thing for which he is most remembered. That’s a shame, as he was by all accounts a decent man and a solid public servant.
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