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Tim Scott: Nelson Mandela was a 'transformational figure'

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Sen. Tim Scott said that former South African President Nelson Mandela was “a transformational figure” who “truly changed the world.”

The South Carolina Republican sent a statement to supporters Thursday, following news that the international icon had passed away.

“Nelson Mandela was a transformational figure, a man who truly changed the world,” Scott said. “He walked a long road to freedom and embraced the fundamental human belief in equality.”

“After his release from prison, his tireless work to reconcile a nation torn apart by centuries of tension and hostility made him one of history’s greatest statesmen,” Scott said. “All freedom-loving people mourn his passing.”

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