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July 4, 2008

Jesse Helms Dies

-- by Dave Johnson

Former Sen. Jesse Helms dies - CNN.com,

Former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, a North Carolina Republican who became an icon to conservatives, died Friday at the age of 86, the Jesse Helms Center announced.

Helms once said his job was to derail the freight train of liberalism.

Conservatives admired him for his opposition to abortion and what he called "indecent art," while liberals accused him of using race as a wedge issue to defeat black opponents.

Posted by Dave Johnson at July 4, 2008 9:32 AM

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