Souter, Obama, others speak on death of Warren Rudman
From left: Tom Rath, David Souter and Warren Rudman talk in an undated photo.
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FILE - This Oct. 8, 2002 file photo shows former New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman, left, talking with former FBI Director Louis Freeh on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rudman, who co-authored a ground-breaking budget balancing law, championed ethics and led a commission that predicted the danger of homeland terrorist attacks before 9/11, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »
Warren Rudman died last night at the age of 82. Here are some of the statements, written and from interviews, offered by officials today about Rudman and his work in two terms in the U.S. Senate and beyond.
“Warren Rudman was like a brother to me. A man is incomparably lucky to have had a friend that close who stood for what the founders of the American republic staked its future on.”
-David Souter, former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
“With the passing of Warren Rudman, the United States has lost a decorated war veteran and one of our country’s great public servants. Over almost 20 years representing the people of New Hampshire — first as Attorney General and then in the Senate — Warren was the embodiment of Yankee sensibility and New England independence. As an early advocate for fiscal responsibility, he worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to call attention to our nation’s growing deficit. And as we work together to address the fiscal challenges of our time, leaders on both sides of the aisle would be well served to follow Warren’s example of common-sense bipartisanship. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Rudman family.”
-President Barack Obama
“My thoughts and prayers today are with the family of former Senator Warren Rudman. He was a dear friend and I had the honor of serving with Senator Rudman in the United States Congress, where I worked closely with him and other leaders from both parties to help tackle the nation’s fiscal challenges.
“He was a patriot and veteran of the Korean War, who served the people of New Hampshire with distinction in the United States Senate for 12 years. He also later helped guide Department of Defense priorities by co-chairing the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century.
“Senator Rudman leaves behind a rich legacy of bipartisanship, compromise and dedication to the country that will continue to serve as an inspiration to all of those in public service.”
-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
“Warren Rudman work tirelessly to serve the people of New Hampshire and the nation. As a leader in the U.S. Senate, he was someone who stuck to his principles, yet was able to reach across the aisle to work toward a bipartisan resolution on the issues of the day. His long public service and statesmanship are examples for us to follow and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers and those of my wife, Susan, are with the Rudman family at this time.”
-New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch
“Senator Rudman will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to justice and an unbreakable devotion to country. As Attorney General and U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, he always put principle over politics and fought for what he believed in. Senator Rudman’s willingness to work across party lines to get the job done remains an example for all elected officials. Our state is a better place because of Warren Rudman. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family.”
-U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire
“Warren Rudman was a national leader who made New Hampshire proud. He was tenacious about reducing our debt and he worked tirelessly to support our men and women in uniform. Warren was a fighter who had the courage of his convictions, and he always stood up for what he believed was right regardless of the consequences.
“Before his time in the Senate, he was an extraordinary attorney general for our state who modernized the office and made it what it is today. A combat veteran, he showed bravery and courage as a platoon leader during his service in Korea.
“Warren was a role model who raised the bar for public service. I join citizens across New Hampshire in mourning his loss.”
-U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
“Warren Rudman was a dear friend and a force of nature who made the U.S. Senate a much better place during his years of service and a diminished entity upon his departure. Warren was a patriot, a fighter, and as loyal as a friend as he was tenacious as an adversary. He had a greater impact during two terms of Senate service than many do in twice the time. Defying traditional logic, his influence actually increased when he left the Senate based on his force of intellect and energy that prompted president and cabinet members to continue to seek him out for challenging assignments. In our increasingly ephemeral society, when careers and controversies rise and fall from news cycle to news cycle, Warren Rudman’s legacy of intelligence, independence and integrity will stand the test of time.”
-William Cohen, former secretary of defense and U.S. senator from Maine
“He lived a very full, very successful life, and we’re all better off for it, his having served the state and the nation. I count it a loss for us all and a personal loss for me.”
-Gordon Humphrey, former U.S. senator from New Hampshire
“Tom and I are saddened to hear about Senator Rudman’s passing. He was a true statesman for the people of New Hampshire and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rudman family.”
-New Hampshire Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan
“New Hampshire mourns the passing of U.S. Senator Warren Rudman, a leader in bipartisan deficit reduction and good government. His greatest achievement was the confirmation of David Souter to the U.S. Supreme Court, ushering in an era of equality and liberty for all New Hampshire citizens.”
-U.S. Rep.-elect Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire