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Christie Vilsack gets speaking role at national convention

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Christie Vilsack will deliver a speech at the Democrats' national convention later this month, the Democratic Party announced Tuesday.

Vilsack, wife of Gov. Tom Vilsack, is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, July 27, the second day of the four-day convention in Boston.

She will speak the same day as Sen. Ted Kennedy and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano about John Kerry's "lifetime of strength and service," the party said. Teresa Heinz Kerry and Ron Reagan Jr. will be the featured speakers that evening.

Christie Vilsack endorsed Kerry one week before the Iowa Caucuses. She said he had the most foreign policy experience and best policy proposals in health care and education.

She also lauded Kerry's relationship with his wife, who appeared with Christie Vilsack at a discussion of health care in Des Moines last month.

As Iowa's first lady, Vilsack has focused on literacy and health care issues. She is a former language arts teacher who also wrote feature stories for the local newspaper when the Vilsacks lived in Mount Pleasant in southeast Iowa.

The governor said he was delighted his wife had been invited to speak.

"She is a terrific spokeswoman for Midwestern values," he said.

Vilsack said he wasn't disappointed that he won't have a speaking role, saying he played a key role in hammering out a proposed platform.

"We both have a role and I'm pleased we both have a role," Vilsack said.

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