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Joe Biden and Jesse Helms both won their first Senate race in 1972 and served in the Senator together for the next 30 years. Each man represented completely different sides of the political spectrum, but over the years developed a great working relationship that evolved into a friendship. In fact, Biden still speaks of his relationship with Senator Helms and how much he respected his time working with Helms on the Foreign Relations Committee.

In his memoirs, Helms wrote, "Joe and I knew we could trust each other and that we shared the same goals, even when we had differences about how to achieve them." In the Helms/Biden correspondence you can see the respect they had for each other, both personally and professionally. Their most noteworthy achievement was the Helms-Biden Act, which reformed the U.N. and U.S. relationship and led to a historic speech by Senator Helms before the U.N. Security Council in January 2000.

 
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