Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks this morning with outgoing Ky. Secretary of State Trey Grayson about his friend, Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords was one of 13 people wounded Saturday by a gunman who's charged with plotting her murder and with killing other six people.
Grayson says her passion for building bridges is likely what helps her win re-election in a contentious legislative district. When Renee inquired about toxic political rhetoric, Grayson reflected:
There's plenty of blame for everybody to go around here, and I include myself in that. I don't think there's a single elected official or candidate for higher office who has not done or said something that you really wish you hadn't done or said.
Grayson reflects on mistakes in his own campaign conduct. The evening before she was shot, Giffords sought Grayson's advice via email, on cooling heated political talk.
PLANE CREW CAUSED CRASH THAT KILLED POLISH PRESIDENT
Russian officials say the Polish airplane crew is solely responsible for the April 10, 2010 crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, First Lady Maria Kaczynska and 94 other people, including the crew. The AP says Kaczynski's aides were in the cockpit and pressured the pilots to land in bad weather. AFP reports some Polish officials believe the crash investigation is 'riddled with errors'.
PORTUGAL SUCCESSFULLY BORROWS MONEY IN BOND OFFERING
The effort is good news for the beleaguered Portuguese government; Bloomberg reports the country's budget deficit is about 7.3% of this year's GDP. SkyNews says Portugal raised more than 1 billion euros in a bond auction that eases fears Lisbon will have to turn to outsiders to help pay its bills.
DAVID NELSON OF 'OZZIE AND HARRIET' DIES
The actor was the eldest son of the famous TV family. The LA Times reports he died at home of cancer.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" began on radio in 1944, focusing on the home life of bandleader Ozzie Nelson and his vocalist wife, Harriet Hilliard. In 1949, the popular show became a true family affair when 12-year-old David and 8-year-old Ricky replaced the child actors who had been portraying them on radio.
Three years later they moved to ABC and television history.