An Oregon icon, Senator Mark Hatfield, is being remembered today as a champion for peace and a politician who transformed Oregon’s economy. He died Sunday in Portland at the age of 89. Hatfield brought in an estimated $3 billion in federal money that affects how Oregonians work, play and commute. Political science professor Jim Moore says Hatfield was known nationally for his anti-war position: “Within about 2 months, he was one of the first Americans to go into Hiroshima after the bomb dropped. He saw the devastation there so he became strongly anti-war, and so he stood up to Republican presidents; but he was a strong Republican. He stood up to Republican presidents he was one of a few of votes against wars in the Persian Gulf. He was against the Viet Nam War as Governor, and so that moral center became a real model for politicians.” Moore says Hatfield was able to take a strong stand because he was a very strong politician with a strong base and lots of power in Washington. When Hatfield left office he said his era of "moderate Republicans" was ending.
Senator Ron Wyden remembers former U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield who died Sunday evening at the age of 89.Wyden says Hatfield was the kind of leader America could use right now: independent and bipartisan. He says if you look at some of what’s gone recently, Mark Hatfield had no time or patience for that. He was interested in bringing people together and finding solutions.