Politics

Denis O’Hayer On Johnny Isakson’s Farewell And Legacy

In his farewell speech, Sen. Johnny Isakson called on both parties to work together more often than they are now.
In his farewell speech, Sen. Johnny Isakson called on both parties to work together more often than they are now.
Credit J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Georgia’s Sen. Johnny Isakson is retiring at the end of the year, three years into his third term. The state’s senior U.S. senator said poor health is forcing him out.

Tuesday, his colleagues from both parties paid tribute to him on the Senate floor in Washington. In his farewell speech, Isakson called on both parties to work together more often than they are now.

“We may be called a liberal, we may be called a RINO [Republican In Name Only], or we may be called whatever it is. Let’s solve the problem and then see what happens,” Isakson said. “Most people who call people names and point fingers are people who don’t have a solution themselves.”

WABE political commentator Denis O’Hayer talked about the senator’s remarks and legacy on “Morning Edition” on Wednesday.

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