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“Our lives were changed forever on September 11. And although many years have passed, we still struggle with the wounds ripped open that day. This finally brings some closure to those wounds.”Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn

“We, as Americans, recognized early that our country was in a long-term war against terror; a war in which the United States would have to be patient, persistent, and relentless. The success of this operation is a testament to the resilience of our spirit.”U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

“The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces is not only a great victory in the War on Terror, but confirmation to freedom’s enemies around the world about the inevitable end of a life of terror. ... I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone responsible for tonight’s news: our courageous armed forces, dedicated law enforcement and intelligence communities, and President Obama for pursuing the necessary policies to bring about today’s success.”U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

“Though Republicans won’t believe that Osama bin Laden is dead until they see the long-form death certificate, the South Carolina Democratic Party congratulates President Obama and our military and counterterrorism professionals who carried out this operation.”Dick Harpootlian, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.

“For the past six years I have been proud to honor the men and women of the South Carolina armed forces who have lost their lives overseas while defending our country at the S.C. Fallen Soldiers Ceremony and Luncheon. As of December 2010, we have honored 61 soldiers and their families who have suffered the ultimate sacrifice. Last night’s announcement that members of the U.S. armed forces had finally killed Osama bin Laden and ended his reign of global terrorism brought great relief to me.”State Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington

“This victory is only a milestone in a long war. We must also recognize the long struggle ahead. Radical Islamism did not start with bin Laden and it will not end with his death.”Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House and possible GOP presidential candidate

“It is unusual to celebrate a death, but today Americans and decent people the world over cheer the news that madman, murderer and terrorist Osama Bin Laden is dead. ... It has taken a long time for this monster to be brought to justice. Welcome to hell, bin Laden.”Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and possible GOP presidential candidate

“I am glad to hear of the death of Osama bin Laden, who had no qualms about slaughtering American civilians. Unfortunately, bin Laden leaves behind an evil legacy in the United States: the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA, the PATRIOT Act, warrantless wiretaps, the ‘state secrets’ doctrine, and other violations of Americans’ civil and economic rights. Just like Osama bin Laden, these programs must be terminated.”Mark Hinkle, Libertarian Party chairman