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2006-05-23 12:13:33

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Senator and Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, who ran unsuccessfully for vice president in 1988, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, a family spokesman said. Bentsen's tall stature and southern drawl gave him a gentlemanly air, but the Texas Democrat is perhaps best known for his verbal ferocity in denouncing his 1988 Republican opponent, Sen. Dan Quayle, as "no Jack Kennedy." Bentsen had been in ill health since suffering two strokes in...

2006-05-23 10:46:54

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Lloyd Bentsen, a former U.S. senator, Treasury secretary and 1988 vice presidential candidate, died at the age of 85 in Houston, Texas, a family spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Bentsen, a moderate, pro-business Democrat, chaired the powerful Senate Finance Committee from 1987 through 1992. When Bill Clinton became president the following year, Bentsen was tapped to be his Treasury secretary. But it was a quip made during a 1988 debate with then-vice presidential...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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