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GOP CONVENTION '96

Wilson Introduces Mrs. Dole

August 15, 1996| From a Times Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO — Bob Dole, in another attempt to present a unified Republican Party at his nominating convention, invited Gov. Pete Wilson to make a prime-time appearance Wednesday to introduce Dole's wife, Elizabeth.

Both sides portrayed the offer as a symbolic end to the squabble that erupted earlier this week when Wilson officials complained the governor was denied a prime-time speaking opportunity as retribution for his role last week in seeking abortion-rights language in the party's platform.

"We are very pleased that we have the opportunity to address the convention and introduce one of the most potent weapons in the Dole-Kemp campaign arsenal," said Sean Walsh, Wilson's press secretary.

Wilson's comments lasted barely a minute. The governor said he was proud to have San Diego host the convention and kick off the GOP presidential campaign. He also highlighted Elizabeth Dole's career, including her two presidential Cabinet assignments and her role as chief of the American Red Cross.

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