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Feisty politician Ann Richards came to national attention as a keynote speaker in the 1988 Democratic National Convention and later as governor of Texas.
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Richards' political profile kept rising. She was in the national spotlight for the keynote address at the 1988 National Democratic Convention. During her speech, she took a jab at George Bush, then vice president, saying "Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth." The remark was widely repeated in the press coverage of the event.
While serving as governor, Richards was appointed chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention in 1992. The convention selected Bill Clinton to run for president of the United States. Richards soon had her own election battle to worry about. George W. Bush, the son of the man she so famously insulted, ran against her in 1994 for the governorship. Richards said once that she had underestimated her opponent, dismissing him at one point as "some jerk." She lost her re-election bid and left office in 1995.
After leaving office, Richards lent her voice and her expertise to numerous liberal causes. She offered advice and counsel to other Democratic politicians. Richards also worked as an adviser and a consultant. Recently she had involved with the creation of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin. Employing techniques especially tailored for female students with an emphasis on leadership skills, the school will open in 2007.
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