Democratic National Convention
Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Patton speaks about education

Four-minute talk given to sparse crowd

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOS ANGELES — Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton touted the education platform of the Gore-Lieberman presidential ticket during a four-minute speech during Monday's opening afternoon session of the Democratic National Convention.

        “If we are going to continue to lead the world in innovation and technology, we've got to lead the world in education,” said Mr. Patton, who is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and co-chairman of the convention.

        Mr. Patton said the Democratic candidates have an education platform that in cludes rebuilding schools, improving classroom technology, promoting smaller class size and hiring 100,000 new teachers.

        Taking on the Republicans briefly during his speech, Mr. Patton repeated an oft-published statement from George W. Bush: “Higher education is not my priority.”

        “George W. Bush cannot be the education president,” Mr. Patton said. “He's al ready flunked out in Texas.”

        Though Mr. Patton's speech was delivered to a sparse audience and not during prime time, the Kentucky delegation let out loud cheers during it.

        “Education is Paul Patton's issue,” said delegate Shirley Huelsmann of Fort Mitchell. “He reformed higher education in Kentucky, so this is the perfect topic for him to address.”

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