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(Compiled by CNN's Emily Sherman)
Washington (CNN) - Members of the Best Political Team on Television – and some of the politicians they cover – say they have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, from the service of the U.S. military to healthy kids, “a brand new hip” and a recount-free holiday season:
CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley: “Always and forever I am most grateful for my healthy, amazing, wise children who teach me things everyday. I am also grateful it is not an election year, and I'm not celebrating Thanksgiving in a hotel covering a recount or a transition.”
CNN Anchor John King: “I'm most thankful for the love and support of my wife and two remarkable children. And grateful for the opportunity to visit 45 states in the past 11 months and meet so many wonderful people.”
Democratic strategist and CNN Political Analyst Paul Begala: “This Thanksgiving I am especially thankful for America's military families. I never even finished the Boy Scouts, much less wore the uniform. But I am keenly aware that I owe my freedom to the men and women who have served in the past and who serve today.
"I married an Army brat. Her mother and father raised four children while moving over a dozen times to bases across America and in Europe. Twice my father in law was deployed to Viet Nam. He served with honor and distinction – and he would be the first to tell you his service would not have been possible without the support of his wife and children.
“So to every military mom and dad, every service spouse, and every child who has to move every year or two; who has to soldier on at home while a loved one risks life and limb abroad, I say thank you. About one percent of Americans bear the burden of defending the other 99 percent of us. So on behalf of the 99, thank you, thank you, thank you.”
(After the jump: President Obama, congressional leaders and others weigh in)
President Obama: “Every single day I am thankful for the extraordinary responsibility that the American people have placed in me, I am humbled by the privilege that it is to serve them and the tremendous honor it is to serve as commander in chief of the finest military in the world.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “is thankful for the prospect of ensuring quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans,” as well as his health.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is thankful for his family, and for getting to spend the holidays with them.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor is thankful for three happy and healthy kids.
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn is “thankful to the brave men and women putting themselves in harms way all over the world, fighting to preserve those gifts.”
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez is thankful for “each job created by the economic stimulus plan.”
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is thankful for the good health of friends and family.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is thankful for “all the troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world, separated by oceans from their loved ones in order to defend liberty and freedom at home.”
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: “As we come together with our loved ones for this fantastic American tradition, I ask that we also remember those who cannot be with their family and friends today, including our brave first responders and-troops, especially those I recently visited in Iraq. They have my gratitude for working so hard to keep us safe.”
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry: "I've got a ton to be thankful for this year starting with the love and health of my family and friends, including a new son-in law. My friend and mentor Ted Kennedy's passing especially reminds me how lucky I am to have the gift of his teaching over the years and also the blessing of good health, and a brand new hip that feels better by the day.
“I'm grateful for the skill and commitment of our troops, especially those who are spending this holiday away from families and loved ones. The funerals of two Massachusetts soldiers this month were a tough reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made for our country, and their families and all the families of the fallen are on our minds this Thanksgiving. I'm thankful that Massachusetts has continued to give me the privilege of serving in the Senate when so many big issues are being debated and decided, and I'll continue to do my best to meet the expectations folks have placed in me."
Carly Fiorina is thankful for “successfully battling breast cancer, good health, the love of family and friends and the opportunities ahead."