Skip to content

Standing Up for What He Believed

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.

Recent Stories

Spared angry protests at Morehouse, Biden pushes post-war Gaza plan

Capitol Lens | Duck dodgers

Election year politics roil the EV transition

Thompson’s animal welfare, whole milk priorities in farm bill

Schumer plans vote on border security bill that GOP blocked

Republicans look to reverse rule based on gun law they backed