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Election 2000
Republican National Convention
Featured Speakers:
Colin Powell, Laura Bush, Elizabeth Dole and others share their visions for the Republican Party.
Featured Republican Speakers
Weighing in on Renewing America's Purpose

monday - tuesday - wednesday - thursday

Republicans look to anchor their national convention in Philadelphia with a theme they hope will bring them victory in November: Renewing America's Purpose Together.

Helping to drive home that theme, featured speakers will address the convention on each of the four nights as they focus on issues dear to their hearts. GOP convention co-chairman Andy Card describes the approach as "a different kind of convention for a different kind of Republican" with "an upbeat message that highlights citizens who personify the ideas and principles of the Republican Party."

Monday
Opportunity with a Purpose: Leave No Child Behind
Laura Bush and Colin Powell talk about improving education and healthcare.

Laura Bush
"When I describe myself as traditional, I mean in the sense that I had jobs that were traditionally women's jobs," Laura Bush, wife of George W. Bush, said in an interview with the Washington Post at the Texas governor's mansion. "But I never felt I was so traditional...For instance, teaching in minority schools, you know, not marrying until my thirties. I felt I was in many ways very contemporary."

audio button Hear a profile on the first lady of Texas from NPR's Wade Goodwyn for Weekend All Things Considered.

Laura Welch Bush, 53, grew up in Midland, Texas. The only child of a builder and a homemaker, she graduated from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1968 where she obtained a bachelor's degree in education and then completed a master's from the University of Texas at Austin. She then spent a number of years teaching in struggling school districts but ultimately returned to Austin as the librarian for a public elementary school. In her six years as first lady of Texas, Laura Bush created the annual Texas Book Festival, which has raised nearly $900,000 for the state library system, and she has advocated for funding for preschool reading programs. Friends say that Laura and George W. Bush's marriage is complementary. She is a calming force for her excitable husband and he is a splash of excitement and unpredictability for his down-to-earth wife.

audio button Listen to Laura Bush as she adressed the RNC Monday night.

Colin Powell
Colin Powell rose to national prominence during his life in the U.S. Army to attain the nation's highest military position -- Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. In that position, he oversaw Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War during the administration of the Republican candidate's father, President George Bush. In his role, Powell helped lead the effort in unifying the Congress and the nation behind the war and the purpose of the mission's goals. Since then, he has been courted repeatedly by both major political office to run for high office, but Powell says he prefers to stay out of politics.

Today, Powell heads, America's Promise, a non-profit organization that aims to mobilize business and community groups to help build character and competence among the nation's youth. He has been described as an underdog, a member of a minority, an urban product, and yet a man who understands the odds and still demands excellence in every chore he undertakes. Powel describes himself as "a fiscal conservative with a social conscience."

Author of his the best-selling autobiography, My American Journey, Powell was born April 5, 1937, in Harlem, N.Y. To learn more about his organization, see America's Promise Web site.


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