Sen. Carper Responds To Death Of Sen. Ted Kennedy

WILMINGTON — Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement this morning after hearing of the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy:

“Before coming to the United States Senate in 2001, like a lot of Americans, I thought of Ted Kennedy as one of the most popular, progressive, passionate, and partisan senators. It turns out he was also one of the most practical members of the Senate and regarded by his colleagues as the most bipartisan.

“His voice will be missed by all of his colleagues, Democrat and Republican alike. That voice – and his leadership – have been sorely missed already this year in our efforts to adopt meaningful, bipartisan healthcare legislation.

“Had his own health allowed him to fully participate, we would be far closer to consensus today on a path to healthcare in America whose quality provides better outcomes, whose cost is more affordable, and whose access is more broad.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, the State of Massachusetts, and with all those who knew and loved him.”