From Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Allen:
Jill and I were terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Richard Ben Cramer. It is a powerful thing to read a book someone has written about you, and to find both the observations and criticisms so sharp and insightful that you learn something new and meaningful about yourself. That was my experience with Richard. He was an unmatched talent who set an enormously high bar for political journalism. I will miss him. And Jill and I will keep his family in our hearts and our prayers.