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David Jackson, USA TODAY
President Obama and the Republicans paid tributes to Boston in Saturday radio addresses, saying the city and the nation remain strong in the face of terrorism.
"Through days that would test even the sturdiest of souls, Boston's spirit remains undaunted -- America's spirit remains undimmed," Obama said. "Our faith in each other, our love for this country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have -- that's what makes us strong."
In the Republicans' weekly radio address, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said the perpetrators of the attack have "only strengthened the resolve of our nation" and cannot hide from justice.
"We will stand strong, we will stand united, and we will stand together for Boston," Scott said.
Five days after the bombing attack on the Boston Marathon, two days after a shootout that left one of the suspects dead, Obama said the nation will remain vigilant in the days ahead.
"I have no doubt the city of Boston and its surrounding communities will continue to respond in the same proud and heroic way that they have thus far," the president said. "And their fellow Americans will be right there with them every step of the way."
Monday's attack killed three people, and injured more than 170 others. Obama and Scott taped their radio addresses just hours before the Friday night capture of a suspect in the bombing.
Saying Americans "refused to be terrorized," Obama praised the first responders, volunteers, medical professionals and law enforcement officials who rushed to help immediately after Monday's bombing.
"If anyone wants to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil and terror -- that's it," Obama said. "Selflessly. Compassionately. And unafraid."
In the GOP remarks, Scott also praised those who helped the victims after the bombing, and said: "The greatness of America is not seen during times of prosperity, but is crystallized by how we respond to challenges."