"I am devastated to learn of the death of Paul Wellstone. He was a dear personal friend and mentor, and was one of the reasons I had the courage to run for the Senate in 1992. Paul Wellstone was the heart and soul of the Democratic party - a champion for families, for children and for equality. He spoke for those who had no voice and gave hope to those who had none. He was dedicated to the ideal of equal opportunity for every American and had the courage to fight for his beliefs no matter the odds. Paul's wife, Sheila, was an equally passionate advocate on the issue of domestic violence. My heart goes out to the Wellstone family and to his dedicated staff. Minnesota and the nation have lost a hero."