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Clinton To Attend Glenn’s Launch

October 20, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton will travel to Cape Canaveral, Fla., next week for a personal sendoff to Sen. John Glenn as he returns to space.

Clinton is attending the Oct. 29 launch of the space shuttle Discovery ``to recognize Sen. Glenn’s historic return to space and to recognize the importance of our nation’s space program and the hard work of the men and women that make that program possible,″ White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said today.

While in Florida for the day, Clinton will also headline a Democratic political reception in West Palm Beack for Rep. Peter Deutsch, who is seeking re-election, and for Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay, who is running for governor.

Glenn, 77, who made his first space flight in 1962, will now be the oldest person to ride a rocket as he makes himself a human guinea pig for medical studies testing the effects of weightlessness on seniors.

Lockhart characterized the president’s attendance at the liftoff as a celebration of ``this great achievement both for NASA and for Senator Glenn.″

On Oct. 30, Clinton will shuttle to New York for another campaign appearance on behalf of Rep. Charles Schumer, who is battling to unseat New York’s GOP Sen. Alfonse D’Amato.

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