Standing Up for What He Believed

Posted October 28, 2003 at 2:05pm

Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) was never afraid to say or do what he wanted. So it was no surprise on Oct. 27, 1993, when he rose all by himself to give a standing ovation when then-President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton came to Capitol Hill to deliver their health care reform package. Wellstone, who was killed in a plane crash on Oct. 25, 2002, during the home stretch of his re-election campaign, was a staunch supporter of universal health care. Although he backed the Clinton health care effort, the controversial plan was roundly criticized and failed before the 1994 elections.