Carney promised to read a chapter of Cramer's 1993 book What It Takes: The Way to the White House, a chronicle of the 1988 presidential campaign, to mark the author's legacy.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) later tweeted that Cramer's book is "required reading" for his summer interns. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Vice President Joe Biden, whose unsuccessful bid for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination is profiled in the book, had high praise for Cramer, as well.
RIP author Richard Ben Cramer, author of What It Takes, required reading for every Murphy summer intern.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 8, 2013
RIP Richard Ben Cramer - "What it Takes" is by far the best depiction of a presidential campaign ever written nytimes.com/2013/01/08/us/…— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 8, 2013
“He was an unmatched talent who set an enormously high bar for political journalism. I will miss him.” –VP on passing of Richard Ben Cramer— Office of VP Biden (@VP) January 8, 2013
Updated at 2:34 p.m.