Inhofe said that when there's tragedy, some of the walls between the two parties fall, even though lawmakers' beliefs remain unchanged.
"Something like this happens, and all of a sudden the old barriers that were there, the old differences, those things that keep us apart just disappear," he said. "Those defined positions, they don't change. But your attitude changes. And I can't help but think when I'm confronting someone on something on which we disagree, that I know how they responded to my loss."
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