In Memoriam: Zell Miller Wished He Could Challenge Chris Matthews to a Duel

March 23, 2018

Former Democratic Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller passed away Friday at the age of 86 after battling Parkinson’s disease.

Miller's family confirmed Miller's passing.

"The people of Georgia have lost one of our state’s finest public servants," the late senator's grandson, Bryan Miller, said in a statement. "As his grandson, I learned more from Zell Miller both professionally and personally than from anyone else I have encountered. He was more than my grandfather. He was my dear friend and mentor. I cherish all the time we spent together. I will never forget the lessons he taught me, his witty sense of humor, or his contagious smile. Our family will miss him terribly."

In honor of the late senator, the Free Beacon would like to highlight one of his finest moments.

After his rousing 2004 speech at the Republican National Convention, Miller went on MSNBC's "Hardball" with host Chris Matthews. During his interview, Matthews repeatedly talked over Miller. The senator soon had enough of it and said he wished they lived in the day when he could challenge Matthews to a duel.

"Get out of my face," Miller shouted at Matthews, who laughed. "If you're going to ask me a question, step back and let me answer."

"I wish we lived in the days where you could challenge a person to a duel," he said. "That would be pretty good."

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