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Remembering Ted Kennedy

Associated Press | 8/31/2009, 5:29 a.m.

"Senator Kennedy was the real deal – an authentic, principled and giving public servant who pushed us to work for things yet to be. His work eased our concerns, lifted us with opportunity and filled us with pride. ... Boston has never had a greater champion. Massachusetts has never known a more relentless fighter for economic and social justice. America has never witnessed a more influential and productive legislator." — Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

"Ted Kennedy's dream was the one for which the founding fathers fought and for which his brothers sought to realize. The liberal lion's mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"Teddy inspired our country through his dedication to health care reform, his commitment to social justice and his devotion to a life of public service. ... Teddy taught us all that public service isn't a hobby or even an occupation, but a way of life, and his legacy will live on." — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, husband of Kennedy's niece, Maria Shriver

"Ronnie and Ted could always find common ground, and they had great respect for one another. In recent years, Ted and I found our common ground in stem cell research, and I considered him an ally and a dear friend." — Nancy Reagan, widow of former President Ronald Reagan

"At some of the most tragic and difficult moments in this nation's history, Ted Kennedy gathered his strength and led us toward a more hopeful future." — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

"Ted was always willing to not only reach across the aisle, but had the unique ability to pull people together to get things done, with both substance and a great sense of humor. He was undoubtedly one of the single most effective senators in this history of our country." — Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.

"Kennedy has been a friend for 30 years, a great American patriot, a great champion of a better world, a great friend of Israel. He will be sorely missed." — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

"Ted Kennedy was a great American, a great Democrat and also a great friend of Australia. He has made an extraordinary contribution to American politics, an extraordinary contribution to America's role in the world." — Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

"The best tribute we could pay him is a renewed vigor in the fight to see his dreams realized. The world is going to miss Ted Kennedy. I already do." — U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.

"... Even facing illness and death he never stopped fighting for the causes which were his life's work. He led the world in championing children's education and health care, and believed that every single child should have the chance to realize their potential to the full." — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

"The most influential senator [in the U.S.] ... His influence on the peace process [in northern Ireland], and his influence on successive American presidents was I think absolutely crucial, and in particular of course on President (Bill) Clinton." — Lord Owen, former British foreign secretary

"His outstanding and remarkable personal contribution was made, despite the sacrifice and sorrow that was part of the overall contribution of the entire Kennedy family." —