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Gore Invites Casey’s Sons to DNC

August 8, 2000

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) _ Al Gore has invited two sons of the late Robert Casey to introduce a video tribute to the staunchly anti-abortion Pennsylvania governor at next week’s Democratic National Convention.

Campaign aides said Robert Casey Jr., who is up for re-election as auditor general of Pennsylvania, and Pat Casey will speak to the Aug. 14-17 convention on a yet to be determined date.

Casey who was elected as governor of Pennsylvania in 1986 and served through 1995. He died May 31 of this year. He was one of the Democratic Party’s prominent opponents of abortion rights and was not allowed to speak at the 1992 Democratic convention, when he wanted to address the delegates and discuss his anti-abortion views.

Gore has tried to make his fierce support of a woman’s right to an abortion a defining issue in his race to the White House against Republican George W. Bush. Gore campaign spokesman Doug Hattaway said the Casey family speeches and tribute to the governor are meant to send a message of inclusion.

``The party, in its very platform,″ Hattaway said, ``has made clear that people with differing views on the (abortion) issue are welcome in the party.″

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