By David Landis
November 21, 2005
Senators Glenn and Metzenbaum both served as Democrats from Ohio. Metzenbaum retired from the Senate in 1995 and Glenn retired in 1999.
The text of Senator Glenn's comments is accurate, but it was not spontaneous, nor was it made in 2004 on the Senate floor. The two men were rival senatorial candidates before each were eventually elected, and the "never had a job" charge was raised by Metzenbaum several days before a May 3rd, 1974 debate with Glenn at the Cleveland City Club.
The internet/email versions of this account have carried various "extra information" I will paste in what one source (others were similar) had to say about them here:
The rival senators went on to endorse each other in future campaigns, Metenbaum endorsed Glenn for President and Glenn endorsed Metzenbaum for re-election to the Senate.
Finally, I would note that this is merely clarification - nothing could or should detract from the power and meaning of John Glenn's 1974 reply. The Cleveland City Club's 22-second standing ovation should attest to that!
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