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The other Vice President Burr?

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr would not be the first vice president with that name.

The third vice president of the United States, who served under President Thomas Jefferson, was Aaron Burr. Unfortunately, he is best remembered for having killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

The two Burrs are related. In fact, Richard is the first Burr to have served in Congress since his predecessor.

Burr has long said that the former vice president is a "distant cousin."

"Yes, we're related," he told the National Journal in 2004. "But there are no direct descendants of Aaron Burr left. My ancestor is one of his brothers."

In an interview with the Winston-Salem Journal, he said he was proud of the connection, and his father, David, once served as president of the Aaron Burr Association.

In a May interview with the Durham Herald-Sun, Burr was asked if how much interest he would have in running for vice president.

"None," he replied, laughing.


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Re: The other Vice President Burr?

Tell that to the farmers of Eastern NC who break their backs making a living off of growing tobacco. If people don't ante up and take responsibility for the choices they make why in the world should it be our responsibility to foot the bill?

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Not that I like Sen. Burr but isn't it a bit much for people to be comparing him to Aaron Burr?

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And while we're at it, this is why Sen. Burr (R-RJ Reynolds) voted to sink the SCHIP expansion- it would be paid for with a tax on tobacco products.

And here's a little bunch of fun facts about said tobacco products:
An estimated 430,000 Americans die each year from the effects of cigarette smoking.

• Smoking causes 20% (or 1 in 5) of all deaths in the United States each year.
• Cigarette smoking is the major cause of:
- emphysema
- lung cancer
- chronic bronchitis
- heart disease and stroke
• In 1988, the U.S. Surgeon General reported that nicotine is just as addictive as heroin and cocaine. A "hit" of nicotine reaches the brain in seven seconds, twice as fast as heroin injected into the vein.
• In the U.S., about 1.3 million people quit smoking each year, but about 48 million continue to smoke.
• It is estimated that 8,200 (19.8%) of the deaths in Washington state in 1997 were attributable to smoking.
• The 1998 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) reported that 21.4% of adults in Washington State currently smoke.

Tobacco Costs -- The Facts

• Cigarettes are the most heavily advertised products in the U.S.
• Tobacco companies spend over 4 billion dollars each year on advertising and promotion of their deadly products.
• Smoking costs the nation over $100 billion per year in health care costs and lost productivity -- that's about $398 per American each year.
• In Washington state $1.3 billion is spent each year on health care costs associated with caring for people with tobacco related illnesses.

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And WHY are we $9 trillion in debt?
Answer: It ain't because we're overfunding healthcare for children.
How about tax breaks for the wealthy? Corporate welfare? Subsidies for Big Oil? Government waste and mismanagement on an unprecedented scale? Astronomical greed/waste/fraud by independent contractors in Iraq?
And, oh yeah, Iraq?

So, the children, the elderly, and OUR VETS suffer because we doubled down on an illegal war...

Sorry, not buying... and I'll bet 70% of this country isn't either...

Re: The other Vice President Burr?

I can speak to the SCHIP mess, it's an unconstitutional federal program in a time when we're already in deep debt to the tune of $9 trillion. Can anyone justify expanding federal programs anymore then we already have when the budget is about to bust from the pressure of our current obligations?

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Gosh, this is REALLY interesting...
If you get a chance (for something other than a puff piece), why don't you ask him about his vote against relief for low-income seniors, disabled veterans and the unemployed, his vote against expanding SCHIP... his membership in the "100 Years in Iraq Club"... and how about his vote today against the FISA Amendment bill?

And why isn't the FISA Amendment debacle EVEN MENTIONED in the N&O today?

Not "Britney" enough?

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