WASHINGTON (CNN) - While dignitaries from around the world have been revealing their thoughts on the passing of Ted Kennedy, others have taken to Twitter to express their views and feelings in 140 characters. Twitter has been buzzing today with memories and condolences from across the political spectrum:
(See tweets after the jump)
Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill: "The lion sleeps. Funny, smart, caring and never afraid to negotiate or compromise. My heart goes out to his family. God Bless Ted Kennedy"
Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner: "I didn't know Sen. Kennedy well, but his public service and legacy is an inspiration for all of us in the Senate."
Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson: "Grace and I came to know Ted and Vicki in his later years in the Senate, and we count it a privilege to have known him."
Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter: "Senator Kennedy made historic contributions on civil rights, health care, education, the Judiciary, labor law, immigration," … "and virtually all facets of life in America. Working with him on the big issues of our era was a real privilege."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada: "The Senate and the Nation has lost a great public servant and friend. Ted's leadership & passion will be greatly missed http://bit.ly/S0Tdk"
Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus: "Sen. Kennedy's dedication and service to our Republic will not soon be equaled or forgotten. My prayers are with his family today."
Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan: "Sen. Kennedy recognized that politics is to be used as a force for good and to defend those hurt by our economy: http://tinyurl.com/mztn4b "
Nebraska Republican Rep. Lee Terry: "My condolences go out to the family of Ted Kennedy. My colleague will be missed."
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen: "Woke up in Boston to news of Sen. Kennedy's passing. My deepest condolences, on behalf of all of us in uniform, go out to his family."
New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie: "On Sen. Kennedy 'Today is a sad day. We've lost a legendary public servant who fought hard and nobly for the causes in which he believed.'"
Meghan McCain, daughter of GOP Sen. John McCain, sent out a few tweets today, including: "I just don't know what kind of life of anger you lead if you can't put politics aside for a moment to respect a mans passing..."