Former U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood
(R-Ore.) served with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy
(D-Mass) for more than 25 years in the U.S. Senate. So we asked Packwood this morning about his memories of Kennedy.
Packwood shared two recollections. On the political side, Packwood lauded Kennedy for his ability to compromise, or as Packwood put it, Kennedy "could understand the necessity of taking half-loaves." (Packwood also referred to Kennedy in a later part of the conversation after the discussion had turned to former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt
when Packwood said of Goldschmidt, "He reminded you a lot of Ted Kennedy with his ability to compromise."
On a personal side, Packwood remembered a long conversation he had with Kennedy when the two shared a long-ago car ride from Cape Cod to Boston's Logan Airport when the Cape Cod airport got fogged in.
"It was interesting because he talked about his mother and his father, not politics or the issues of the time," Packwood recalled. "He talked about his growing up in a staunch Catholic competitive family. It tremendously influenced his competitive desire."