[applause] sen. mcconnell: thank you very much. i kind of hated for hal to stop. let me first thank you so much for that overly generous introduction and to remind all of you what you obviously already know which is what an extraordinary leader hal rogers is. you may or may not know he is the longest-serving republican u.s. house member in kentucky history. [applause] he is no small powerhouse himself as a chairman of the house appropriations committee. in addition to being a great friend and colleague for a very long time, he and i were both inspired by the subject of my talk today. it's great to see you again and thanks for the wonderful job you have done, jill. i think i was the first speaker of this series 10 years ago. hal has been a speaker at it as well and you have had a number of other distinguished folks along the way. i am here today to talk about one of my favorite subjects. one of my very favorite subjects. the man we are going to talk about today is truly unique. you...
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