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                     Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                  December 13, 1998


Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the death of Representative Morris Udall. Mo Udall was a leader whose uncommon wisdom, wit, and dedication won the love of his colleagues and the respect of all Americans. It was my pleasure to award him the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award a President can bestow.

Mo Udall represented the people of Arizona for more than three decades, and guided the nation forward on issues ranging from the reform of our election laws to improving the Postal Service. As a presidential candidate and a leader of our party, his was an articulate voice reminding us of what our nation can achieve when we leave no one behind. Above all, he was a devoted steward of the land that God gave us, and was responsible for the preservation of some of our most important wilderness areas. It is fitting that the easternmost point of the United States, in the Virgin Islands, and the westernmost point, in Guam, are both named "Udall Point." The sun will never set on the legacy of Mo Udall.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Norma, their six children and many grandchildren, and the people of Arizona.