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Bush’s Wife Steps Into Spotlight

August 1, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Laura Bush, in a warm convention testimonial, told Republican delegates and the nation Monday that her husband’s values won’t waver ``with the winds of polls or politics.″

Mrs. Bush, once wary of George W. Bush’s leap into presidential politics, embraced the prime-time leadoff slot at the Republican National Convention.

America, she said, wants a president who reflects ``its heart and its values and its leadership in the world,″ Mrs. Bush said. ``They will be looking for someone to uphold that high honor and that trust.″

She said Bush would fulfill that role.

``He shares credit and doesn’t pass blame,″ she said in remarks prepared for delivery. ``He sets a tone that’s positive and constructive, a tone that is very different from the bitterness and division that too often characterizes Washington, D.C.″

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