(AP) Senator Olympia Snowe calls Russert ":a journalistic giant of his generation.": Snowe says the longest-serving moderator of NBC’s ":Meet the Press": will be remembered for his rigorous preparation and objectivity.
Fellow Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins says Russert was one of the most respected journalists in Washington and the nation. Collins says the presidential campaign won’t be the same without him.
President Bush has offered his condolence and called Russert ":a tough and hardworking newsman.":