- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 18, 2003

South Dakota Democrat Tom Daschle and Louisiana Republican Billy Tauzin are prone to disagree as far as most political matters are concerned.
When it comes to matters of the heart concerning their respective spouses, however, the two congressional solons couldn't agree more.
Showing affection and being a good listener are particularly important during these uncertain and threatening times, they said Wednesday as they were honored by the Master Chorale of Washington.
"You rely more on each other at a time like this," Sen. Daschle said. "You talk through your anxiety and gain strength from one another."
Each year, the chorale honors three long-married Washington couples at its annual hearts-and-flowers benefit at Georgetown's Four Seasons Hotel.
This year's honorees were Mr. Daschle and his wife, Linda, married about 20 years; journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts, married nearly three decades; and Rep. Billy and Cecile Tauzin, who will celebrate their 10th anniversary May 29.
Mrs. Tauzin shed a few tears while onstage listening to her husband's declaration of love:
"I know what great gifts she has given me. I often wonder if she ever gets her fair measure in return, but I keep on trying," he declared.
"Whatever happens, we're going to stay together even if we're stuck in purgatory, we'll be there together," Mrs. Tauzin said with a laugh.
Mrs. Roberts agreed that love and affection become even more important in perilous times.
"We turn inward, and anything that's real, true and honest is important," the ABC News senior correspondent said before mentioning that she planned to spend Valentine's Day baking heart-shaped cookies with her grandchildren.
Outside threats also make you value and appreciate each minute you have together.
"I wouldn't want to go through this time without a companion," Mrs. Daschle said. "The 'I love yous' and 'Have a good days' mean more than ever."
Gabriella Boston

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