(AL.com) — Sen. Luther Strange delivered his farewell address to the U.S. Senate Thursday, just days ahead of the election between the man who defeated him in the primary - Republican Roy Moore - and Democrat Doug Jones.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Strange said he knows his fellow Senators would "like to be remembered as men and women in the arena, as people who spent themselves in worthy causes."
He warned however, that while the Senate "was designed to accommodate conflict and profound disagreement," it was not "designed to tolerate the entrenched factionalism that dominates today's proceedings."
"It was not designed for the people's representatives to hunker down in private rooms, emerging only long enough to come to the chamber and cast votes. The less time we spend in the same room, the easier it becomes to view our colleagues on the other side of the aisle as obstacles instead of opportunities," Strange said.