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McConnell to Biden: 'You've Been a Real Friend . . . Godspeed'

 (Washington Post)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 07:04 PM

Senators took turns bidding outgoing Vice President Joe Biden goodbye on the chamber floor Wednesday, a tribute highlighted by some moving and kind words from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"Mr. President, you've been a real friend," the Kentucky Republican said at the end of his remarks. "You've been a trusted partner, and it's been an honor to serve with you. We're all going to miss you. Godspeed."

As the Senate president for the last eight years under President Barack Obama, Biden has worked closely with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. And from 1973 to 2009, Biden served as a senator from Delaware.

"His journey began here, by the side of those who loved him, hand on the Bible, heart in a knot, swearing the same oath he now administers to others," McConnell said of Biden. "It's a journey that ends now by the side of those who care about him still.

"Those like his wife Jill, who understand the full life he's lived. He's a man who's known great joy, who's been read his last rites, and who's never lost himself along the way.

"'Champ,' his father used to say, 'the measure of a man is not how often he's knocked down but how quickly he gets up.' That's Joe Biden right there."

Biden made news this week when he told reporters he was planning to run for president in 2020. The remark was apparently in jest, because he said in later interviews he has no plans to do so.

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