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With Ted Kennedy at the McConnell Center in Louisville in 2006. Kennedy added a personal touch by bringing a framed photo of his brother Jack and Senator Cooper. On it he wrote, “To the McConnell Scholars, With great respect and warmest wishes to the past, present and future McConnell Scholars in their pursuit of leadership, statesmanship and service. I know how much President Kennedy admired John Sherman Cooper in the Senate, and so did I. Mitch McConnell is part of that great Kentucky tradition of public service, and it’s a privilege to serve with him today (not that we always agree on the issues).”

Photo courtesy of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville