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Senators Offer Tributes To Mandela

Reported by: Send eMail Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 5, 2013 11:35 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 6, 2013 3:29 AM EST

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Washington, D.C.

Two members of the Tri-State’s delegation to the U.S. Senate responded Thursday to the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

“Nelson Mandela was one of the few people in our lifetime who single-handedly changed the arc of history,” U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said in a statement. “Mandela’s story seems too remarkable to have happened in real life – imprisoned for decades by his government for fighting apartheid, then rising up to become President of South Africa on an anti-apartheid platform.”

Rockefeller said Mandela was a civil rights leader for the entire world.

“Nelson Mandela’s legacy of perseverance and fighting for an equal and just society will live on unmatched, and encourage generations of men and women to change the world through the power of politics and political activism,” Rockefeller said.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he and his wife were saddened by Mandela’s passing, and said he was “one of the great statesmen of our time and a global symbol of reconciliation.”

“‘Madiba’s’ patience through imprisonment and insistence on unity over vengeance in the delicate period in which he served stand as a permanent reminder to the world of the value of perseverance and the positive influence one good man or woman can have over the course of human affairs,” McConnell said in a statement. “The world mourns this great leader. May his passing lead to a deeper commitment to reconciliation around the world.”



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