Mr. Keene recently was named a "champion" of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitution Project, a group that unites "unlikely allies" from across the political spectrum who pine to safeguard the nation's founding charter."At his core, he's a constitutionalist," Al Hunt, executive editor of Bloomberg News, said of Mr. Keene, his friend of 36 years, later adding, "He knows that it's character over ideology."

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