A sampling of reaction to death of Moammar Gadhafi

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Posted: Oct 20, 2011 5:27 PM
A sampling of reaction to death of Moammar Gadhafi

Some reaction from leading U.S. political figures on the death of Moammar Gadhafi:

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"The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility." _ President Barack Obama.

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"I have seen those reports and if accurate I think the response is `about time.' This was a tyrant who has been killing his own people and of course is responsible for the lives of American citizens lost in the Lockerbie attack. And I think people across the world recognize that the world is a better place without Moammar Gadhafi." _ GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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"In this case, America spent $2 billion total and didn't lose a single life. This is more of the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward than it has been in the past." _ Vice President Joe Biden.

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"Col. Gadhafi's demise is positive news for freedom-loving people everywhere, but it is just one step in a long and tumultuous turnover that is coming to Northern Africa. ... I remain firm in my belief that America can best serve our interests and that transition through non-military assistance and rebuilding our own economic core here at home." _ GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.

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"A number of the people who led the Transitional National Council were educated in the United States, and we're obviously hopeful that they will want to have a representative government and that they will be an ally of the United States." _ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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"It is my hope that Gadhafi's reign of terror will be replaced with a government that respects the people of Libya and one that will be a good partner with the United States. Hopefully, today will also bring to an end our military involvement there, something I opposed from its beginning." _ GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

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"The United States, along with our European allies and Arab partners, must now deepen our support for the Libyan people as they work to make the next phase of their democratic revolution as successful as the fight to free their country." _ Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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"The death of (Moammar Gadhafi) is good news for the people of Libya. It should bring the end of conflict there and help them move closer to elections and a real democracy. The United States should work closely with Libya to ensure the transition is successful and that a stable, peaceful nation emerges." _ GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry.