Officials, Experts Reflect on Lessons From Rudman as Fiscal Talks Begin

November 23, 2012

The late New Hampshire GOP Sen. Warren Rudman, who died last week, once wrote he “wasn’t sure the glory of being a senator meant much if we were bankrupting America.”

As Republicans and Democrats in Washington begin talks about a massive deficit-reduction plan, both sides say they can learn a few things from the man the AARP hails as “the last bipartisan hero.”

Rudman was perhaps best known as the moderate who was crucial in helping liberal Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., and conservative Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, to push through Congress a 1985 bill that “created a series of deficit targets meant to balance the federal budget by 1991,” according to a University of California at Berkeley fact sheet.

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