2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Former Vice President:
"Thirty two years we sat next to one another every single day, when the Senate was in session. I learned not only what made Fritz tick not just what he cared about, but I got a glimpse inside of the man's soul I think, into his intellect, his love of his family his love of his state. Every senator represents his or her state but few embody what the state is and I think Fritz embodied South Carolina."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Former Vice President:
"With every breath he brought hope to so many in this state and around the country."
Columbia, South Carolina - 23 July 2010
4. Still photo of Sen. Hollings with Biden
5. Photo of Biden and Hollings together
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Columbia, South Carolina - 30 January 2004
6. Still of Sen. Hollings, testifying before the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission
Politicians, colleagues, admirers and friends attended the funeral services for South Carolina's Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings on Tuesday, one of the last larger-than-life Democrats who once dominated the politics of the South.
Former Vice President Joe Biden credited his longtime Senate desk mate Fritz Hollings with making sure he made it to the chamber in the first place.
Biden told a crowd of hundreds at The Citadel that Hollings both encouraged him to run for the Senate and urged him to take his seat following a car crash that killed Biden's first wife and daughter.
Biden also said that Hollings was one of the few senators who embodied the state he represented.
"With every breath he brought hope to so many in this state and around the country," he said.
Hollings died April 6 at his home on Isle of Palm at age 97.