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Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure'

Former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush were among the leaders from both parties offering tributes to pioneering journalist Cokie Roberts on Tuesday following her death at 75.

“She was a trailblazing figure; a role model to young women at a time when the profession was still dominated by men; a constant over forty years of a shifting media landscape and changing world, informing voters about the issues of our time and mentoring young journalists every step of the way,” Obama said in a statement.

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"She will be missed — and we send our condolences to her family,” he added.

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush in a joint statement said Roberts “covered us for decades as a talented, tough, and fair reporter.”

“We respected her drive and appreciated her humor. She became a friend,” they added.

“Cokie Roberts was a trailblazer who transformed the role of women in the newsroom & our history books as she told the stories of the unsung women who built our nation,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiObama chief economist says Democrats should accept smaller coronavirus relief package if necessary The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement Tuesday.

And White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? MORE tweeted that Roberts was “kind” and “disagreed agreeably.”

“The work of political journalists is critical to our democracy,” tweeted former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, a 2020 presidential candidate. “Cokie Roberts was a paragon of that work and a pioneer in her industry. Her voice will be missed.”

"We've lost a true pioneer" in Roberts, fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted. 

“She was a staple of Sunday morning TV news for so long and a great example of loving our democracy and politics but also being an able critic of both,” tweeted former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), an ABC News contributor.