The late Warren B. Rudman, a fierce champion of fiscal responsibility who served two distinguished terms in the U.S. Senate and was a founding co-chairman of The Concord Coalition, was honored last week on Capitol Hill.
“He was forthright, he was frugal and he was fair,” said Vice President Joe Biden, who also praised Rudman’s respect for ordinary Americans and his faith in their judgment.
More than a dozen other current and former government officials from both parties remembered the New Hampshire Republican for his honesty, integrity, courage and commitment to the nation’s best interests.
Peter G. Peterson, a former U.S. commerce secretary and another co-founder of Concord, recalled why he asked Rudman to join him and Paul Tsongas, a former Democratic senator from Massachusetts, in starting the organization 20 years ago: “He knew the facts of our budget reality and spoke of them with a clarity and a passion. But what struck me was how much he cared. He wasn’t just saying the words; he meant them.”