Bill Frist leaves the Senate. Ya, the title pretty much says it all.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who fanned partisanship during much of his reign, preached the need for the two parties to work together as he bid farewell to the U.S. Congress on Thursday.
"Beyond Democrat or Republican, we are Americans," the retiring Tennessee Republican told colleagues. "It's our responsibility to uphold the dream."
As majority leader the past four years, Frist, 54, stirred some big partisan battles, particularly when he broke tradition in 2004 and campaigned against Democratic Leader Tom Daschle in his home state of South Dakota. Daschle lost a re-election bid.
Only a few Republicans bothered to show up for Daschle's good-bye to the Senate two years ago. Frist walked in near the end.