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Hillary Clinton mourns 'dear friend' Kennedy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday mourned Edward Kennedy as a friend and mentor Mentor, in Greek mythology
Mentor (mĕn`tər, –tôr'), in Greek mythology, friend of Odysseus and tutor of Telemachus.
 whose work lifted millions of Americans, putting aside friction over her presidential campaign.

Clinton called the senator, whose death at age 77 drew a curtain on half a century of leadership by the iconic i·con·ic  
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or having the character of an icon.

2. Having a conventional formulaic style. Used of certain memorial statues and busts.
 liberal family, "one of our nation's finest statesmen and a dear friend."

"His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans who are freer, healthier and more prosperous because of his efforts," she said in a statement.

"As he said, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die," she said, quoting from Kennedy's celebrated concession speech when he lost his 1980 presidential bid.

The Kennedy family The Kennedy family is a prominent Irish-American family in American politics and government descending from the marriage of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. The Democratic family is known for its US-style political liberalism.  was close to Clinton and her husband Bill Clinton when he was president. Bill Clinton famously fa·mous·ly  
adv.
1. In a way or to an extent that is well known: "his famously neurotic mannerisms [are] lampooned in the novels of Evelyn Waugh" 
 cited an early meeting with President John F. Kennedy "John Kennedy" and "JFK" redirect here. For other uses, see John Kennedy (disambiguation) and JFK (disambiguation).
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917–November 22, 1963), was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in
, the senator's late brother, as an inspiration to enter politics.

On Wednesday, Bill Clinton paid tribute to Kennedy as "one of the most influential leaders of our time" praising his efforts to promote healthcare reform.

"His big heart, sharp mind, and boundless energy were gifts he gave to make our democracy a more perfect union," the former president said in a statement.

The Clintons had barely concealed con·ceal  
tr.v. con·cealed, con·ceal·ing, con·ceals
To keep from being seen, found, observed, or discovered; hide. See Synonyms at hide1.
 their hurt when Ted Kennedy For other persons named Ted Kennedy, see Ted Kennedy (disambiguation).
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (born February 22, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party.
 threw his weight behind now President Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in last year's race for the Democratic Party's White House nomination.

Hailing Obama's "extraordinary gifts of leadership and character," an ailing Kennedy devoted the energy of his last campaign to elect the nation's first African-American president.

Hillary Clinton nonetheless praised Kennedy as a "generous mentor and a thoughtful colleague" when they served together in the Senate.

"We worked together to raise the minimum wage, improve education and champion the cause we shared so deeply: ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care," said Clinton, who as first lady led a failed bid to bring health care to millions of uninsured Americans.

Clinton said that since becoming the nation's top diplomat she had again turned to Kennedy's advice "on how to make America a force for peace and progress around the world."
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