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  Richard Gephardt Announcement Speech
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News DateWednesday, February 19, 2003 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description"I wouldn't be here today without my wife, my best friend, and my partner in life -- I love you, Jane; and our three children, Matt, Chrissy and Kate, who teach and inspire us everyday.

"And I can't tell you what it means to me to be back at Mason Elementary School, the place where I was educated and raised with the people whose love and kindness has sustained me all my life.

"In this very room, I came to PTA meetings with my parents, took part in the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts and learned what it means to serve. In this very room, I took part in school plays; it wasn't much, but we still could have given C-SPAN a run for its money. And it was the principal of this school, Ms. Thole, who called my mother one day and told her something she hadn't expected to hear: that I should go to college.

"My dad was a milk truck driver, a proud member of the Teamsters. He always told me his union's bargaining power made it possible for him to put food on our table. My mother was a secretary. Neither of my parents finished high school. They didn't have much money.

"But they saved what they could - five, ten dollars a week, so I could get an education and live out my dreams. I want to dedicate this day to my mother Loreen and my late father, Lou Gephardt. This campaign is for them and for all who seek and strive to do right by their kids. They're the true American heroes. They're the people I'm fighting for...
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