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Remembering a man who knew "What It Takes"

Some sad news today for all of us who love politics and reporting - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer has died.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer is seen in a 1979 file photo. Cramer, whose narrative non-fiction spanned presidential politics and the game of baseball, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from...
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer is seen in a 1979 file photo. Cramer, whose narrative non-fiction spanned presidential politics and the...

Some sad news today for all of us who love politics and reporting - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer has died. From the tributes pouring in - from former colleagues, journalists who knew him, and journalists who didn't - it's clear how many people he inspired.

UPDATE: Vice President Biden's office gave The Daily Rundown this statement.

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.