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Quotes From Democratic Convention Delegates

August 28, 1996

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``She comes across as a very strong woman. She has her own identity. I think she’s someone most working women admire.″ _ Mississippi delegate Lexie Elmore, speaking of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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``He does seem to flip-flop. His mind is changeable. Flowing with the times, maybe that’s necessary, but I wish he would stand up a little more strongly.″ _ Hawaii delegate Peg Kirkpatrick, speaking of President Clinton.

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``You want me to be honest? It’s because it’s a white party. It’s not a party of inclusion.″ _ Mississippi State Rep. Pat Miller, explaining the exodus of white Southern males to the Republican Party.

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``The primary purpose is to part the waters so people can see me coming and move.″ _ New Mexico delegate Anne Thomas, who uses a wheelchair, explaining why she wears a tall stovepipe hat on the convention floor.

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``In my years attending previous national conventions, I can’t tell you a single sponsor of an event. Some railroad had a breakfast at the convention four years ago and gave away train whistles. For the life of me, I don’t remember who that was.″ _ Texas Democratic Party spokeswoman Anne Marie Kilday, addressing the issue of corporate funding of receptions.

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