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Fox News alert now Fox News getting word through the Associated Press.
That indeed former Alaska senator Ted Stevens was on that flight and perished in connection.
With this plane crash that happened in Alaska today again this is from the Associated Press citing sources in the family.
More specifically saying a spokesman for the family.
By the name of Mitch rose is telling the Associated Press that the family has been notified that the 86 year old.
Ted Stevens was among those killed in this airplane crash in Alaska today.
During the -- opponent senator Dennis the Cassini he's Democrat of Arizona former Arizona senator and former intelligence committee chairman.
Senator thank you so much for joining us so quickly your reaction to this news.
Well Megan I'm sad.
I work instead Stephens for eighteen years and appropriation committee and -- he was Republican.
He was he had a lot of contacts in Arizona here and and -- -- -- -- and use of family well and anyway he was a friend of mine and he helped Arizona so much I I wrote him a couple times after I left.
-- said thank you for being the third senator prayers on -- he gave us.
Lot of those what are now considered terrible things but they helped a lot of poor native Americans and veterans and those -- earmarks.
We're out of my state and I'm proud of it every one of them.
And Ted Stevens was the man he and Bob Byrd and a couple of other people for -- and -- Hanoi were the ones that went along with these requests that I would make.
And so I'm missing from that standpoint but I traveled with him.
To Alaska and a couple occasions he would take senators out there and their families fishing we had a wonderful time he was a lot of fun he was a tough guy.
It -- a real it was real task master and worked just diligently all the time for his state but he had a soft side about it.
And we'll really be missed his wife -- somebody.
-- -- have known for years and years and to -- him Prescott valley north of Phoenix and I'm really really -- from that standpoint.
You know that.
You have to be -- in our condolences go out to them to the mall.
I knew I -- Sean O'Keefe to.
Anyway we're still waiting we're still waiting on word from the former NASA chief about -- than this -- mayor Fox News and now independently confirmed that.
Former Alaska senator Ted Stevens is indeed among the dead.
In connection with that airplane crash that took place last night in Alaska so it is confirmed now that you know six year old Stevens did -- on that flight.
I want to ask you senator you know.
I didn't know this about Ted Stevens but he had apparently also banned in another plane crash in 1970 low -- He had with his first wife.
And should she was killed in and it took him months to recover from those injuries -- you know you can't help but think of that on a daily.
-- -- when I when I went fishing with him twice it was with its first what.
And we flew -- -- together and I was not on that plane or that particular trip that he went down and she died.
And -- it was a tragedy then I remember they were close.
And been some years went by when he married his present wife and has a daughter.
And does so well that spammers have their share of tragedy.
-- certainly have you know he was the longest serving Republican senator in US history he was named as Alaskan of the century back in January of 2000.
You're on the other side area of the island -- the -- to your your thoughts about his political legacy.
If Stevens is somebody who truly reached across -- They -- when I came to the senate the Democrats had a big majority.
But -- was created an unbelievable when the Republicans took over under Ronald Reagan -- still reach across.
He just wasn't a partisan guy now he you know he had issues that he didn't that they didn't agree with the Democrats -- vote against them and speak against them on the floor.
But there was never any hostility.
Bigger or or you know less bad bad feelings and then taste in people's minor any meanness and -- it could be tough as nails.
And when he created a couple of -- what this is what -- -- -- -- for and fought for but when it was all we're.
You know you could go have a beer with -- or -- I think in his hideaway office.
-- and -- in a -- closest of friends and and he he -- the legacy he leaves the kid about.
Change in the name of Alaska to Stephens.
Have had a because he gets so much for that statement status.
Deeply indebted to them and that is so much -- -- course you know sometimes you get a little carried away bridge to no place was.
Just too much you know and it became the poster child of bad earmarks and indeed there are at -- -- but there are so many good ones and I saw some of them.
In Alaska for.
Current -- native Americans -- schools and clinics that would not be there today and highways and electric lines that would not be there.
If it weren't for Ted Stevens now -- them in the law because a little state like Alaska and Arizona.
Just don't have the clout.
From the standpoint of numbers in the house and we all have two senators and that's where you can get that kind of stuff done and unfortunately Arizona who doesn't have that it.
Well I condone unless you have -- out of -- I hope they do to the Stephen Stanley we thank you so much better.
Because you're looking at -- Thank you thank you for calling me I'm gonna.
Say a prayer for the Stevens family.
Indeed and thank you appreciate it Ted Stevens.
Now confirmed dead at age 86.
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