Jay Carney, Biden, others commemorate Richard Ben Cramer

Cramer died in Baltimore of complications from lung cancer on Monday night, according to The New York Times. He was 62.

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 MurphyChris MurphyPodesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs Dem senator calls for end of Saudi support in Yemen after funeral bombing Dems to McConnell: Pass 'clean' extension of Iran sanctions MORE (D-Conn.) later tweeted that Cramer's book is "required reading" for his summer interns. Sen. John McCainJohn McCainNC GOP on Trump: Election results aren't optional Trump's big worry isn't rigged elections, it's GOP establishment Republicans, time to prepare for a scorched-earth Clinton presidency MORE (R-Ariz.) and Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenArmani, Batali among guests at White House state dinner Biden: 'Trust me' on Congress funding cancer research Biden outlines five-year plan for 'cancer moonshot' MORE, whose unsuccessful bid for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination is profiled in the book, had high praise for Cramer, as well.

Updated at 2:34 p.m.