“My heart goes out to his wonderful wife Vicki and to his family. He was a colleague, an inspiration and a friend. Ted Kennedy dedicated his life to ensuring that America would be a better place. A better place for the poor, for children, for seniors – a better place for all Americans.
I have had the distinct honor of serving on the Judiciary Committee with Ted Kennedy for 17 years, and have seen up close and personal his dedication to issues of civil rights, human rights, and basic fairness to all. He is irreplaceable, and leaves shoes that are so big that it will be difficult for a mere mortal to fill them.”