Defending the family

Jesse Helms 1921 - 2008

Winston-Salem Journal

Jesse Helms, a conservative icon who wielded political power in North Carolina and in Washington across 60 years, died of natural causes yesterday morning.

Helms, 86, rose out of a small, cotton-farming town to become a sharp-tongued commentator and five-term U.S. senator capable of making or breaking presidents.

In editorials and on the Senate floor, he railed against civil rights, government spending, abortion, homosexuality, pornography and communism.

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