Statement by the President: Death of Governor Mel Carnahan (10/17/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Aboard Air Force One)

For Immediate Release                                          October 17,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Hillary and I were very saddened to learn of the tragic death of my
friend Governor Mel Carnahan, his son Randy, and his aide Chris Sifford.
Mel devoted his life to his family, his state and our nation.  Whether in
the Air Force or the state legislature, as Lieutenant Governor or Governor,
he always put the highest priority on serving others.

     In his last campaign, Mel Carnahan, as always, gave everything he had
for what he believed in.  He loved politics and public service, and his
extraordinary record proved they can be noble endeavors.  For many years
now, I have been proud to call Mel Carnahan my partner, and prouder still
to call him my friend.

     Hillary and I send our deepest condolences to his wonderful wife Jean,
to Russ, Robin, Tom and the rest of his family, to the other families whose
loved ones perished, and to the people of Missouri, whom he loved so much
and served so well.


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