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   Byrd Says His Stature His Ticket in Re-Election Bid
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Sep 27, 2005 10:22am
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MediaNewspaper - Hagerstown Herald-Mail
News DateTuesday, September 27, 2005 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionU.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd wants West Virginia voters next year to focus on the seniority he's built up after more than a half-century in Congress, as opposed to his sparring with the president or his age.

"Show me another 87-year-old man who's got the energy that I've got, and I'll eat your hat," Byrd told The Associated Press on Monday.

Expecting to kick off his 2006 campaign for a record ninth term today, Byrd stressed his credentials as a veteran lawmaker and the longest-serving member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

"They're getting seniority in the Senate. That really counts," the Democrat said. "You can't just walk in the Senate, no matter who you are, and automatically become a big force there. It takes years of experience."

Byrd has 47 years in the Senate, and will become the longest-serving member in its history in June. He previously served six years in the U.S. House, and before that terms in both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature.
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