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Condolences pour in from Democrats and Republicans

BOSTON (AP) -- Democrats and Republicans alike are remembering Sen. Edward Kennedy for his decades of work in the Senate and his commitment to public service.

-- President Barack Obama says in the past five decades, "virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts."

-- Vice President Joe Biden says his former Senate colleague "restored my sense of idealism and my faith in the possibilities of what this country could do."

-- Former President George H.W. Bush calls Kennedy "a seminal figure in the United States Senate," whose death "closes a remarkable chapter in that body's history."

-- President Ronald Reagan's widow Nancy says the two men from different parties "had great respect for one another" and could always find common ground.

-- Former President Jimmy Carter says of Kennedy, "the courage and dignity he exhibited in his fight with cancer was surpassed only by his lifelong commitment and service to his country."

-- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the husband of Kennedy's niece Maria Shriver, says the senator "taught us all that public service isn't a hobby or even an occupation, but a way of life."

-- Kennedy's junior colleague from Massachusetts, Sen. John Kerry, sats Kennedy "taught us how to fight, how to laugh, how to treat each other, and how to turn idealism into action."

-- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says "the liberal lion's mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die."

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