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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb


    Wednesday, September 01, 2004

    Painting the town 

    For Minnesota delegates, it's not all parties, speeches and protesters. On Tuesday a large group donned their old clothes to paint a room at the Salvation Army's Bedford day-care center, as a demonstration of President Bush's "Compassion Across America."

    By one account, the painting went well, but the room wasn't completely painted when the leave-or-else order came from the bus schedulers. So a hardy band of six or so Minnesotans stayed behind, to finish the job.

    "This is a day-care center that has other needs," said Randy Wanke, a spokesman for the Minnesota GOP. "So we're going to try to raise money to get them new computers."

    The place was alive with children Tuesday, and the excitement caused by the Minnesota visitors made it, "for me personally, one of the best parts of the convention so far," Wanke said.





    Tom Webb

    Tom Webb is the Washington correspondent for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. He can be reached at


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