From the Hotline:
First, Sen. John McCain’s communication director, Brian Jones, informs us that McCain’s schedule for tomorrow has been canceled. We also received this statement from Giuliani campaign communications director Katie Levinson:
“Our nation mourns for those who were killed, prays for those who survived and stands shoulder to shoulder with the families, friends and loved ones of all touched by this horrific tragedy. â€œTomorrow is a day for prayer, reflection and unity. It is a time for our great country to come together. Mayor Giuliani has cancelled all political events tomorrow.”
Now — here’s what Ex-Sen. John Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards sent to their campaign e-mail list tonight:
We are simply heartbroken by the deaths and injuries suffered at Virginia Tech. We know what an unspeakable, life-changing moment this is for these families and how, in this moment, it is hard to feel anything but overwhelming grief, much less the love and support around you. But the love and support is there. We pray that these families, these students, and the entire Virginia Tech community know that they are being embraced by a nation. There is a Methodist hymn that gave us solace in such a moment as this, and we repeat its final verse here, in hopes it will help these families, as it helped us:
In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing, in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
Our dearest wish is that this day could start again, with the promise of these young people alive. Knowing that cannot be, our prayer is for Godâ€™s grace and whatever measure of peace can be reached on this terrible day.
John and Elizabeth Edwards
I concur with the Edwards’.
Hillary also released a statement:
“I am shocked and saddened by the horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech. My prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the students, faculty, and community devastated by these gruesome killings. As a parent, I am filled with sorrow for the mothers and fathers and loved ones struggling with the sudden, unbearable news of a lost son or daughter, friend or family member. This tragedy is still unfolding and I hope as a nation we can come together and keep in our thoughts all those affected as we learn more about the events which took place this morning.” – Hillary Clinton