The Nation Reacts to Russert's Death

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(AP / NEW YORK) — Well into Friday evening, friends and associates of Tim Russert continued to express their appreciation for the late political journalist. A brief survey of some of those appreciations:

"I think I can invoke personal privilege to say that this news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice. He'll be missed as he was loved — greatly."
— Tom Brokaw, NBC News anchor emeritus.

"We have lost a beloved member of our NBC Universal family and the news world has lost one of its finest. The enormity of this loss cannot be overstated."
— NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker.

"Tim epitomized excellence in journalism and unflinching commitment to the craft. Our profession has lost a stellar journalist."
— Sylvia Smith, president of the National Press Club.

"As the longest-serving host of the longest-running program in the history of television, he was an institution in both news and politics for more than two decades. Tim was a tough and hardworking newsman. He was always well-informed and thorough in his interviews. And he was as gregarious off the set as he was prepared on it."
— President Bush.

"There wasn't a better interviewer in television. Not a more thoughtful analyst of our politics. And he was also one of the finest men I knew."
— Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

"He was truly a great American who loved his family, his friends, his Buffalo Bills, and everything about politics and America. He was just a terrific guy."
— Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

"He delighted in scooping me and I felt the same way when I scooped him. When you slipped one past ol' Russert, you felt as though you had hit a home run off the best pitcher in the league."
— Bob Schieffer, host of CBS News' "Face the Nation."

"Tim Russert was a giant in our field — a standard-bearer of journalistic integrity and ethics. His masterful interviews and round-table discussions are legendary."
— Walter Cronkite, former CBS News anchor.

"Tim was a big teddy bear of a guy, but he was also a pit bull of an interviewer. He always held people's feet to the fire, often using their past words with great effect to reveal flip-flops or hypocrisy."
— Katie Couric, CBS News anchor.

"Today, broadcast journalism lost one of its giants, who will be remembered along with names like Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley. The city of Buffalo has also lost its favorite son, who loved his city and its hometown team, the Bills."
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

"Tim never forgot his roots in Western New York, and his hometown has always celebrated his great accomplishments. A graduate of Canisius High School, he is still known as legendary Buffalo Bills fan."
— Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y.

"He was tough on 'Meet The Press,' but I never felt he was out to knock down government or politicians. He was trying to make us all better. And I think he really did that."
— Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.

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