Heitkamp and Cramer comment on the passing of President George H.W. Bush

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WASHINGTON (Valley News Live) As the nation continues to mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush, North Dakota lawmakers are sharing their memories of the 41st President.

Outgoing Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Senator-elect Kevin Cramer say the nation has lost a great family man with great conviction.

Heitkamp says she looks back fondly on the greatest generation, where men like President Bush took off their uniforms but continued to serve.

Sen. Heidi Heitkcamp: "At the end of the day this is a generation who knew how to sit at a table and cut a deal and move the country forward and I think hopefully as the pastor said in the homily, hopefully someone will fill that void."

As Heitkamp prepares for her senate exit, Cramer prepares for his entrance. He says the lessons from President Bush and his efforts in bipartisanship could help him and his colleagues.

Rep. Kevin Cramer, "It could shape perhaps this Congress to some degree if our memories are long enough, if we reflect deeply enough. I think that the lesson is, doing the right thing is more important than doing the expedient thing.

President Bush will be interred Thursday at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.