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Tsongas Visits Converts In New York Delegation

July 13, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ Paul Tsongas paid a visit this morning to the New York delegation - and to Uncle Alex and Aunt Bertha.

″I ran for president to get him to become a Democrat,″ said the former Massachusetts senator of his 87-year-old uncle, Alexander Tsongas of Long Island. ″Uncle Alex is the oldest male delegate to the Democratic convention.″

The young Tsongas visited the New York delegation to press for support of his platform planks stressing tough measures to foster economic growth.

He also introduced his aunt and uncle to the other delegates.

Both of the elder Tsongases are New York delegates for Tsongas.

Bertha Tsongas, 78, said they became Democrats last year after being registered Republicans all their lives ″only because of Paul.″

″I think he’s superb,″ Alexander Tsongas said of his nephew.

Asked if they would now support Bill Clinton, Alexander Tsongas said they would vote for the Democratic ticket. ″We’ll do whatever Paul tells us to do,″ he said.

But even while pressing for support of his proposals, Tsongas said the Clinton-drafted program ″is a major step in the right direction.″

Tsongas even offered some advice for President Bush.

″I’d substitute Jack Kemp for Dan Quayle to at least show there’s life in the body,″ Tsongas said, noting that Kemp, the federal housing secretary, has been pushing an urban agenda.

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