Statement by the Vice President on the Death of Governor Carnahan (10/17/00)

                          Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release                              Contact: James E. Kennedy
Tuesday, October 17, 2000                                        (202) 456-7035

                        STATEMENT BY THE VICE PRESIDENT

     During this very difficult time, Tipper,s and my thoughts are with Jean
Carnahan and the entire Carnahan family.  We are deeply saddened by this

     Governor Carnahan represented the best in public service, from serving in
the United States Air Force to his time as governor.  Since first being elected
at the age of 26 as a municipal court judge in Rolla, Missouri, Mel served at
many different levels in local and state government ) Municipal Judge, State
Representative, Treasurer, Lt. Governor and Governor.  In every office he held,
Mel Carnahan helped improve the lives of the people of Missouri in countless

     As a two-term governor, Mel addressed the challenges that Missouri,s
families face.  He enacted far-reaching education reforms, was a national leader
on health care and worked to make the state,s streets and neighborhoods safer.

     More than this, Mel was a good friend.

     Mel,s son, Randy, and Chris Sifford, both loyal supporters and trusted
friends, will be missed as well.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the many
loved ones they leave behind.

     Simply put, Mel made a real difference and will be deeply missed by Tipper
and me and the people of Missouri.

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