Civility, God, and Government: Chuck Grassley Reflects on George HW Bush's Passing and the End of an Era
- Pat, in an exclusiveinterview with CBN News,
Senator Chuck Grassleytold our Abigail Robertson
he's hopeful civility can return
to our nation's capital
by remembering the lessons demonstrated
by the late President Bush.
- As long time Senator Chuck Grassley
reflects on the late PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush's life,
he tells CBN News what he admired most
is his commitment to publicservice and morality.
- We don't give enough credence to people
that set a good exampleas members of Congress,
as Presidents of the United States.
- [Abigail] Grassleyentered the Senate in 1981
and served throughout Bush's time
as Ronald Reagan's Vice President
and his own Presidency.
- He accomplished an awful lot
as President of the United States
when the democraticparties controlled both
houses of Congress.
- Mhmm.- And I hope that,
how do you get back to whereit was with President Bush?
- Many are saying that withPresident Bush Senior's passing
we're seeing the end of anera of a certain decency
and civility in leadership.
What is your response to that?
- He was a very goodexample of two things.
Two things that peoplesadly I'd say brag about
that they'd never talkabout with anybody else.
They don't talk about religion,
they don't talk about politics.
And is there any two thingsthat have a bigger impact
on your life; God andgovernment in America
that we outta be talking about?
- [Abigail] Grassleysays he remains hopeful
civility will return to politics.
- How are you going to changepublic discourse in America?
Every one of us that are in public life
have to individually set a better example
and if we do that as anindividual goal, collectively
we will make a better environment for
public discussion in America.
- [Abigail] Reporting from Washington,
Abigail Robertson, CBN News.