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Paul Wellstone: Tenth Anniversary of His Assassination

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In 2004, they published " American Assassination : The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone." More on what they said below.

Like former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Wellstone was a rare exception that proves the rule. He was uncorrupted by money and power ambitions. He left academia to run for office. Explaining why, he said:

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"I don't represent the big oil companies, the big pharmaceuticals, or the big insurance industry. They already have great representation in Washington. It's the rest of the people that need representation."

His voting record explained why he was called "the conscience of the Senate." He opposed the Gulf War and 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution.

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He was also against NAFTA, oil drilling in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge, sending troops to Haiti in 1994 without congressional approval, and bankruptcy legislation benefitting financial giants at the expense of working people. 

He supported labor rights, children's and women's rights, universal healthcare, public and higher education, good jobs with livable wages, small farmers, campaign finance and lobbying reforms, and retirement security.

He once told his students, "Never separate the lives you live from the words you speak." He stood for saying what you believe and doing what you say. At a time destructive neoliberalism took hold, he was a living, breathing antidote. His voting record showed it.

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He supported progressive activism. He believed in backing principles with action. He battled hardliners supporting anti-populist measures he opposed. 

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