U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement in response to news that American forces have killed Osama bin Laden.
"The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces is not only a great victory in the War on Terror, but confirmation to freedom's enemies around the world about the inevitable end of a life of terror.
"Like all Americans, my thoughts and prayers tonight go out to the families of the thousands of people who have been murdered by bin Laden and his Al Qaeda accomplices, both in the terror plots he orchestrated and the ongoing war he started.
"I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone responsible for tonight's news: our courageous armed forces, dedicated law enforcement and intelligence communities, and President Obama for pursuing the necessary policies to bring about today's success."