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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 07:19 PM

10. Ryan is confused. He meant to say Rep. Jim Jeffords was a "man of integrity."

Jim Jeffords dies at 80; Vermont senator who left the GOP in 2001
AUG 18, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Although he made his career in politics, Jim Jeffords was a modest man who disliked cameras and speeches.

In May 2001, however, the three-term senator from Vermont found himself in the spotlight when he quit the Republican Party and tipped the Senate into Democratic hands. The GOP, he said at the time, no longer reflected the moderate principles in which he believed.

. . .

He decided not to run for a fourth term and retired from the Senate in 2007, citing his and his wife's health problems. His wife, Elizabeth "Liz" Daley, died that year.

In a statement, President Obama hailed the renegade Republican for "the fiercely independent spirit that made Vermonters, and people across America, trust and respect him."


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