Jay Carney, Biden, others commemorate Richard Ben Cramer

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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 MurphyMeet the man who sparked the Democratic revolt on guns The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP wins congressional baseball game, ending 7-year losing streak MORE (D-Conn.) later tweeted that Cramer's book is "required reading" for his summer interns. Sen. John McCainJohn McCainJuan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump Marines reignite debate on women in combat Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA MORE (R-Ariz.) and Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: US 'preferred a different outcome' on Brexit Abortion is weakness for Clinton VP favorite Overnight Defense: Biden hits Trump on national security | Dems raise pressure over refugees | Graham vows fight over spending caps 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.

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