The three remaining major presidential candidates -- all Senate colleagues of Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts -- issued statements today on Kennedy's hospitalization this morning for reported seizures.
Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, who worked with McCain on an immigration reform bill that never came to fruition, issued the following statement:
"I was very sorry to hear that Senator Kennedy has taken ill, and like millions of Americans, Cindy and I anxiously await word of his condition. Senator Kennedy's role in the U.S. Senate cannot be overstated. He is a legendary lawmaker, and I have the highest respect for him. When we have worked together, he has been a skillful, fair and generous partner. I consider it a great privilege to call him my friend. Cindy and I are praying for our friend, his wife, Vicki and the Kennedy family."
Senator Hillary Clinton issued a statement: “My thoughts and prayers are with Sen. Ted Kennedy and his family today. We all wish him well and a quick recovery.”
Senator Barack Obama, campaigning today in Eugene, Ore., told reporters: "Ted Kennedy is a giant in American political history. He's done more for health care than just about anybody in history. We are going to be rooting for him. I insist on being optimistic about how it's going to turn out."
John F. Kerry, the junior senator from Massachusetts and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, visited Kennedy at Mass General Hospital today and issued the following statement:
"Ted Kennedy is beloved and respected on both sides of the aisle in the Senate in which he's been a giant for close to half a century, a legend in Massachusetts, and a dear friend to me and Teresa. ... Teresa and I are praying for Teddy, Vicki and all of his family and we know that everyone in Massachusetts and people throughout the nation pray for a full and speedy recovery for a man whose life's work has touched millions upon millions of lives."
In Washington, Globe Bureau Chief Peter Canellos says news of Kennedy's illness sent shock waves through the city. Click play below to hear the report.
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