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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb


    Monday, August 30, 2004

    Good morning, GOP 

    It didn't take Minnesota Republicans long to see the value of hailing from a political swing state. On Monday morning, they awoke on New York's chic East Side, listened to a cabinet secretary for their morning speaker, and then enjoyed VIP status as they were wisked efficiently aboard buses directly to Madison Square Garden.

    The same hotel-to-hall trip four years ago in Philadelphia would have taken at least an hour _ and nobody was waving their bus through red lights back then.

    The morning speaker was Education Secretary Rod Paige, who concluded his remarks by telling the GOP delegates, "The other guys are really not good for America." Then he urged them, "Bring us Minnesota!"

    Afterward with the media, Paige was asked about Minnesota's experience with the No Child Left Behind law. Paige noted that, "Each state sets its own standards, so Minnesota set some high standards," adding that, "I congratulate the state for recognizing the schools they need to work on." He added, "We don't play any role in what standards the states have."





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