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Bob Kerrey

  • American politician
  • Born August 27, 1943

Joseph Robert Kerrey (born August 27, 1943) is an American politician and lobbyist who served as the 35th Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and as a United States Senator from Nebraska from 1989 to 2001. Before entering politics, he served in the Vietnam War as a United States Navy SEAL officer and was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in combat. During the action for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor, he was severely wounded, precluding further naval service. Kerrey was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992.


I value public service and I'm relatively good at organizing political causes.




The idea that somebody who has done something horrible in a war is not willing to talk about it for 32 years is hardly a shocking idea. Quite the contrary.




The only medal that I am certain I deserved is the Purple Heart.




When you're fighting for economic and social justice, you're always fighting for the minority.




Like Jonah, the whale had swallowed me; unlike him, I believed I would spend eternity inside the belly of the beast.




There is no force more liberating than the knowledge that you are fighting for others.




But on the big things, I'm not going to trim in order to win public opinion. Because I really don't want to serve in the Senate if I arrive there without permission to do the things I think need to be done.




It's not clear in the U.S. at the moment, either. We're going through another election.




If you look beyond the short term violence and instability, you do see significant activities on the part of the Iraqi people that indicate they understand the commitment necessary to govern themselves. It's not clear how they will do it, but it never is.




I've been a Yankees fan since I was six.




Cuba wants to get rid of a dictator, and baseball needs a dictator.




The problem is you tend to look back and identify mistakes, and as a consequence of feeling terrible about mistakes you say you bungled this so bad, let's get out of here.



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