Biden reacts to Kennedy’s diagnosis: ‘If anyone has the grit and determination to beat it,’ it’s him.

In an interview with ThinkProgress moments ago, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) — who has gone through two life-threatening brain aneurysms — reacted to the news that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. “If anyone has the grit and determination to beat it, it is — and I do think attitude matters in very serious circumstances — it’s Ted Kennedy,” Biden said. He added that Kennedy has “more energy, more passion, more commitment, more knowledge than anybody I’ve worked with in the Senate in the last 35 years.” Watch it:

[flv]UPDATE: In a tearful, touching moment on the Senate floor, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) described his love for his “dear friend”:




Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) released this statement: “I have described Ted Kennedy as the last lion in the Senate, and I have held that view because he remains the single most effective member of the Senate.”


,Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) said: “Ted Kennedy is a giant in American political history — he has done more for the health care of others than just about anybody in history and so we are going to be rooting for him and I insist on being optimistic about how its going to turn out.”


,Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, because he has been a champion for health care. Nobody has fought harder to make sure everybody got good health care. And I know that we all join together in wishing him well.”[u