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Bush Name Is Put Into Nomination

August 1, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Determined to send George W. Bush to the White House, Republicans opened their 37th national convention Monday with a meticulously scripted appeal to voters in the political middle. Colin Powell praised the Texas governor’s ``passion for inclusion,″ then bluntly challenged the GOP to follow his lead.

Bush knows ``that the party of Lincoln has not always carried the mantle of Lincoln,″ Powell told delegates and a nationwise television audience. ``He wants the Republican Party to wear that mantle again.″

Bush introduced Powell to the delegates, appearing via a satellite hookup from a school in Ohio. He noted the retired general’s high-level service in national security positions in two GOP administrations, then said, ``I hope his greatest service to America might still lie ahead.″

That was a none-too-subtle reference to suggestions that Powell would serve as Secretary of State in a Bush administration.

And the retired general, for all his remarks about education and inclusion, drew perhaps his biggest applause when he said Bush would follow the example set by Presidents Reagan and Bush in making sure the nation remained strong militarily, striking a chord that would dominate the convention program Tuesday night.

The delegates were overwhelmingly white and male, but the GOP’s four-day convention program showcased blacks, Latinos, former Democrats, women and _ in its opening moments _ a blind mountain climber who led the delegates in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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