In a show of class rarely seen in politics today, Republican presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz offered words of condolence to Vice President Joe Biden after the passing of his son, Joseph “Beau” Biden III.
The younger Biden, a veteran and a father of two, died Saturday at age 46 after battling brain cancer.
Proving there’s a time to set aside politics, the Texas senator and his wife released a statement Sunday offering their “deepest sympathies and our prayers to Joe and Jill, the entire Biden family.”
“Heidi and I were saddened by the news of the loss of Beau, a dedicated husband and father, and a man that so many admired,” Cruz said in the statement. “He tirelessly worked to serve his country.
“As the parents of two precious little girls, Heidi and I can only imagine the grief of losing a child — something no parent should have to do.”
Cruz was not the only GOP presidential contender to extend his sympathies.
A quick scan of social media turned up remarks from others already in the race, as well as from some who are still mulling it over. Here’s a sampling from Twitter:
Sad news, my prayers are with @JoeBiden and his family after their loss.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) May 31, 2015
.@AnitaPerryTX joins me in praying for the Biden family after the loss of Beau.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) May 31, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the Biden family after the tragic loss of Beau Biden.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) May 31, 2015
Our family’s prayers are with the Biden family tonight on the loss of their son, brother, husband and father,… http://t.co/Lyvlu6waNj
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) May 31, 2015
I would like to offer Vice President Biden my warmest condolences on the loss of his wonderful son, Beau. Met him once, great guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2015
I pray that Vice President @JoeBiden and his family find comfort and peace during this unimaginable time of loss.
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 31, 2015
Heartbreaking and devastating news about Beau Biden. I hope God will provide the Biden family comfort and healing in the days ahead.
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) May 31, 2015
Saddened by the news of Beau Biden’s passing. My prayers are with The Vice President, Dr. Biden and the whole family.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) May 31, 2015
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