Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.) said he wanted to speak about Inouye again since he was “very emotional” yesterday when he announced Inouye’s death on the Senate floor.

“His personal friendship I value so very, very much,” Reid said Tuesday. “He was a colleague but really a friend. … He helped me do my best here. 

“He always had so much confidence in me. When I was struggling after first coming to the Senate two decades ago he told me I would be running the Senate someday … and he was right.”

Reid said “aloha” was Inouye’s dying word.

“Today it’s with a heavy heart that those of us who loved Sen. Inouye say ‘aloha’,” Reid said. “It was his dying word and it didn’t mean goodbye it meant I love you.”

Inouye represented Hawaii since statehood in 1959. He was the second longest serving senator in U.S. history.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) called him a "remarkable individual.

"Today is indeed a day to celebrate the life and extraordinary service of Dan Inouye," McConnell said Tuesday. "What a remarkable individual he was."