July 18, 2007 -
A transcript of the Senator’s speech follows:
“Thank you, Mr. President. This is the first time I’m addressing this body. I’m filling the seat of former United States Senator
Now, some people have suggested that when I give the first speech, Mr. President, that I do it at a time, during a time of day, when many people back home in Wyoming would be watching television. You’re also from the Rocky Mountain Time Zone, and you know that people get up early, but at home, it’s now 3 a.m. and I doubt that we have many viewers at home.
I’ve been sworn in a little over three weeks ago, but it’s like I’ve never left home. Mr. President, as a physician, an orthopedic surgeon, a trauma surgeon, I’m used to getting up at this hour and working at all unusual hours. People of
About 21 hours ago we had a bipartisan breakfast to discuss this very issue. Of that body, I told the whole group that I was the most prepared to be up at this hour working and I’m delighted to be with you, but we’re here debating a very serious issue.
I spent a lot of time with Senator Thomas in the last year driving him around the state of
As a background, Mr. President, as a trauma surgeon and also as a
But I was able to go to Walter Reed, and at Walter Reed, I was able to visit the troops, the wounded warriors because I wanted to make sure both as a state senator and as an orthopedic surgeon that those folks were getting the kind of care that they deserved. What I saw were hero warriors, people who had lost a limb or two limbs and they wanted to return to combat, they wanted to do anything they could to get back with their buddies and fight for freedom.
This past weekend, I was home in Wyoming – a town meeting in Douglas also home over the Fourth of July for town meetings in Jackson and in Lander, and then go to a couple of rodeos, as I’m sure you do as well (referring to Sen. Tester). I talked to hundreds of folks traveling around the state.
You know, when you go to a rodeo, whether it was in Casper or on the Fourth of July in Cody, where I attended with a former United States Senator from Wyoming who has served on the Iraq Study Group, when they ride into the arena holding the American flag, people stand, take off their hat and put their hand over their heart. The announcer doesn’t have to tell them to do that, they just do it.
And at both of those rodeos, in
And what are the consequences of withdrawal? We heard it today with the Cornyn Amendment. It passed today 94-3. The purpose: To express the sense of the Senate that it is in the national security of the
We can go on and on, Mr. President, but to me the Iraq Study Group final report page 67 says it best, ‘The point is not for the United States to set timetables or deadlines for withdrawal, an approach that we oppose,’ with that, Mr. President, I yield.”