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The Heinz Kerry Factor

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The Heinz Kerry Factor

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Should Sen. John Kerry be elected president, the new first lady would be Teresa Heinz Kerry, a woman quite different from the traditional cast of White House wives. The widow of a Republican senator who died in a helicopter accident in 1991, she married Kerry in 1996. But through her decades of public life in both parties, she has shown a penchant for independence. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer.