July 15, 1990 |
Who says there are no second acts in American lives? Lloyd Bentsen may be about to embark on his fourth. As a young World War II veteran and son of a prosperous rancher, Bentsen was sent to Congress to represent the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas in 1948, the year Harry S. Truman was elected President. Bentsen served three terms and looked to be headed for a long career in Washington, when he surprisingly pulled down the curtain on politics and opened act two of his life.
December 13, 1992 |
"Fundamental change" is not the phrase that springs to mind on contemplation of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen's features. Like a gently eroded landscape, those folds and tucks and dewlaps speak to a spirit of sedate continuity, unsurprising in a conservative Texas businessman who has risen over the years to the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee.
October 5, 1988 |
Beryl Ann Bentsen does not remember the year precisely--it was in the early '60s--but she does remember the night, a Wednesday, when the small plane she and her husband were traveling in crashed in a field near Kerrville, Tex. Bentsen, "B.A." to her legion of friends, was the only one injured. Stumbling out of the wreckage in the dark, she cut her knee badly on a portion of the wing that had ripped from the fuselage. She came within inches of walking into a high-power line severed in the crash.
November 12, 1987 |
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.), with the state Capitol as a backdrop, announced Wednesday he will run for a fourth term in 1988.
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August 1, 1988
With reference to the new Democratic ticket of Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen: Why is it no pundit has apparently penned the obvious--"What is your D and B rating"? J.H. DUTHIE Dominguez Hills
September 18, 1988 |
The Democratic theme of the week may have been defense, but the word of the week for vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen was "Southern." "I'm proud to be a Southern Democrat," Bentsen said again and again as he campaigned in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida. And at every stop he repeated a tribute from Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, who said: "Lloyd Bentsen speaks three languages. He speaks Spanish, he speaks English and he speaks Southern."