Politics & Government

Hollings wrote the book on being Southern and Democrat

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Four years out of office have done little to dampen former U.S. Sen. Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings' fury over the nation's soaring debt and the flight of industry to low-wage nations — or his passion for the good he thinks government still can and should do.

In his new book, "Making Government Work," the lifelong Democrat who spent 52 years in government — including 38 in the U.S. Senate — makes the case for the ways in which government has improved people's lives.

Hollings, 86, also talks with pride about how he was elected seven times to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat, and how he came to be a confidant aand admirer of President John F. Kennedy and his brothers, U.S. Sens. Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.

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