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By Theresa Merto

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, August 31) - Patriotism was the prevailing theme in speeches at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, where Guam cast nine votes yesterday for President Bush’s candidacy for a second term.

Senator Joanne Brown, R-Ordot/Chalan Pago, a member of the Guam delegation, said by phone that patriotism was emphasized by such convention speakers as former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Senator John McCain, R-Arizona.

Brown said the Republican Party platform acknowledges Guam as a "strategically vital territory."

The party also affirms support for Guam residents to achieve greater local self-government and improve federal-territorial relations, Brown said.

The delegation also includes Governor Felix Camacho, first lady Joann Camacho, Senator Robert Klitzkie, R-Yigo, Zeny Pilarca, Manny Cruz, Patty Diego and Mary Torres.

More than 5,000 delegates and alternative delegates are attending the convention, which is being held in New York for the first time.

"The Guam delegation has dived into its duties with a certain amount of gusto. We are doing our very best and putting our best foot forward to be good representatives from Guam. And, I think we have succeeded in doing that," Klitzkie said in a phone interview from New York. "We have a made a lot of friends."

Vice President Dick Cheney will take the stage tomorrow, and President Bush will accept the party’s nomination the following day, closing out the convention.

September 1, 2004

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