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“He was outstanding and I hold him to the highest regards - I appreciate his service to our country,” he added. “We are thrilled to be here.”

Lawyer Sheldon Harris, 57, of Washington, praised Mr. Kennedy’s career as a legislator.

“He used the institution in a positive way,” Mr. Harris said. “When the institution fails you can’t get anything done, and he respected the institution. When you lose senior member like Kennedy, you can’t get anything done.”

Kelsey Knutson contributed to this report from Washington.