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Wright To Chair Democratic Convention

May 24, 1987

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Speaker of the House Jim Wright says he will preside over the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

The Texas congressman said Democratic Party Chairman Paul Kirk asked him to serve as permanent chairman for the convention, which will be held in the summer of 1988 in Atlanta.

″I told him of course I’d be honored to do so. It’s kind of a traditional thing. The speaker of the House usually, if not often, is asked to do so,″ said Wright, who succeeded Rep. Thomas P. ″Tip″ O’Neill, D-Mass., as speaker in January.

Wright, in Austin to speak at graduation ceremonies at the University of Texas, made his remarks during a news conference Saturday.

As convention chairman, he will control the podium, make general remarks and help plan the meeting, party officials said.

But Wright, who has ruled out a run for the presidency himself, said he would not use his position to influence the choice of a nominee.

″It would behoove me to try to be as impartial as possible, at least objective,″ Wright said. The men running for the nomination include several excellent candidates, he said, declining to be more specific.

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