Landrieu talks of 'extraordinary peace' in election defeat
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she's not "the least bit sad or the least bit afraid" of ending her 18-year career in the Senate, after an overwhelming defeat in her re-election bid.
Landrieu gave her farewell speech Thursday to her Senate colleagues. She said while her departure should be a time of sadness, she's felt "extraordinary peace" since the election.
Republican Bill Cassidy, a Baton Rouge congressman, defeated Landrieu in Saturday's Senate runoff by a 12-point margin. His victory cost Democrats the last Senate seat they held in the Deep South.
Landrieu's speech included personal stories involving her family, staff and colleagues. She highlighted her work on energy, disaster recovery and adoption. And she defended her home state as vital to the economy of the nation.