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Sen. Lamar Alexander Plays The 'Tennessee Waltz'

AUDIE CORNISH, Host:

We began this part of the program with Senator Lamar Alexander's announcement that he is leaving the Republican leadership, and we return to him now. Three years ago, I interviewed Senator Alexander while guest hosting this program. The Tennessee lawmaker is a classical pianist and he came to our studio to play for us.

(SOUNDBITE OF PIANO MUSIC, "TENNESSEE WALTZ")

BOB BENNETT: (Performing)

CORNISH: The "Tennessee Waltz," performed in 2008 by Senator Lamar Alexander. This past week, Senator Alexander announced he's stepping down from the Republican leadership.

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