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First Lady Addresses Republican National Convention - 2004-09-01

President Bush's wife, Laura Bush, has offered some personal insights into her husband's character, and praised his leadership abilities at the Republican National Convention in New York City.

"He's a loving man, with a big heart. I've seen tears as he has hugged families who've lost loved ones. I've seen him return the salute of soldiers wounded in battle. And then, being George, he invites them to come visit us at the White House," she said.

President Bush, who was formally nominated for a second term earlier in the evening, made his first appearance at the convention Tuesday by satellite link-up from Pennsylvania, to introduce his wife. "Tonight I have the best and easiest job of this convention, introducing our First Lady," she said.

It was a family affair, as the Bush's twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, introduced their father.

Mrs. Bush, who has shown the ability to appeal to undecided voters, talked about how the President agonized over the decision to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I remember sitting in the window of the White House, watching as my husband walked on the lawn below. I knew he was wrestling with these agonizing decisions that would have such profound consequence for so many lives and for the future of our world," she said.

Mr. Bush arrives in New York Wednesday, and gives his acceptance speech Thursday.