by Tony Oliva
In the film version of “1776″, when the vote on whether to open debate on Independence comes up the resolution is tied. The Representative from Rhode Island then saunters in, returning from the lavatory, and is questioned on how Rhode Island stands on the question of debate.
The response from Stephen Hopkins was as follows:
Well, in all my years I ain’t never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn’t be talked about. Hell yeah! I’m for debating anything. Rhode Island says yea!
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