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Condolences Pour In Following Geraldine Ferraro's Death

Brian Ach/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Following the death of former congresswoman and vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro on Saturday, President Barack Obama along and several others expressed their condolences to Ferraro’s family.

President Obama said that he and First Lady Michelle Obama were saddened to learn about the death of Ferraro, and that Ferraro would be remembered as a trailblazer who broke down barriers for women and Americans of all walks of life.

“Whether it was as a public school teacher, assistant district attorney, Member of Congress, or candidate for Vice President, Geraldine fought to uphold America's founding ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all,” President Obama said in a statement.  “And as our Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission, she stood up for those ideals around the world.”

Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin offered her condolences to Ferraro’s family as well. Palin also described Ferraro as being someone who broke down barriers, and said that the world will miss Ferraro.

“When I had the honor of working alongside Geraldine on election night last year, we both discussed the role of women in politics and our excited expectation that someday that final glass ceiling would be shattered by the election of a woman president,” Palin said.

Former President George H.W. Bush said both he and his wife, Barbara, are saddened by Ferraro’s death. President Bush said although he and Ferraro were one-time political opponents, he was happy to have become friends with Ferraro over time.

Also issuing a statement was Ellen Malcolm, founder and chairperson of EMILY’s List, a group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to political office, and which backed Ferraro in her run for office.

“Geraldine was so tough, and so much fun – and she fought her disease with the same toughness, charm and positive attitude that she showed as a political leader,” Malcolm said. “We’ll miss her, and continue to think about her with every new woman who runs.”

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