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KEMP PLAYS SMOOTH SECOND FIDDLE IN CONVENTION SPEECH.



Byline: Jodi Enda Knight-Ridder Tribune News Wire

Dancing as delicately as a quarterback can, Jack Kemp The neutrality and factual accuracy of this article are disputed.
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 is seeking his proper role at the Republican ball - somewhere between wallflower wallflower, Mediterranean perennial (Cheiranthus cheiri) of the family Cruciferae (mustard family), particularly popular in Europe, where it flourishes on old walls.  and belle.

Being No. 2 is a difficult task for a man used to choreographing his own steps. And it is especially tough when the real belle of the ball is as easy to eclipse as Bob Dole, whose own moves are a bit clumsy.

Kemp took his turn Thursday night, gliding with ease through the final hours of the Republican National Convention, accepting the nomination for vice president and all the while tipping his hat to Dole.

``This is a great nation with a great mission, and last night we nominated a leader whose stature is equal to that calling,'' Kemp said. ``A man whose very words convey a quiet strength, who knows what it means to sacrifice for others, to sacrifice for his country and to demonstrate courage under fire. And who brings people together of all parties and backgrounds in common cause.''

At times subdued, at times forceful - but never looking as ecstatic as the man who picked him to be there - Kemp evoked the images of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Ronald Reagan, while offering an appeal of ``boundless opportunity.''

As Dole's vice presidential running mate running mate
n.
1. The candidate or nominee for the lesser of two closely associated political offices.

2. A companion.

3. A horse used to set the pace in a race for another horse.
, Kemp must appear sure-footed enough to help the ticket, but not so controlling that he steals the spotlight. He has to follow Dole's lead, while maintaining his own voice.

As he stood at the lectern Thursday, Kemp did so with aplomb a·plomb  
n.
Self-confident assurance; poise. See Synonyms at confidence.



[French, from Old French a plomb, perpendicularly : a, according to (from Latin ad-; see
, taking care to hit the same themes Dole has stressed on the hustings HUSTINGS, Engl. law. The name of a court held before the lord mayor and aldermen of London; it is the principal and supreme court of the city., See 2 Inst. 327; St. Armand, Hist. Essay on the Legisl. Power of England, 75. : the need to cut taxes, to make the Republican Party more tolerant of diverse people and divergent views, to give Americans a reason to hope.

There were signs of the Jack Kemp the nation got to know first as star quarterback of the Buffalo Bills
    The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo, New York, metropolitan area, playing their home games in the suburb of Orchard Park.
    , then as congressman and, finally, as secretary of Housing and Urban Development Noun 1. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; "the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was Robert C. .

    Unlike Dole, who is hindered by a war wound, Kemp uses his entire being to deliver a speech, shifting his shoulders from side to side, accentuating words with waving arms and pointing fingers.

    It was Kemp the ex-quarterback who tried to regain control from a cheering crowd, at one point raising his hands and cautioning, ``You're taking my time.'' His past caught up with him at the end of his speech, when ``You've Got to Be a Football Hero'' blared through the hall and red-and-white footballs flew through the air.

    The speech capped a week that saw the Great Metamorphosis of Jack Kemp.

    He's flip-flopped, he's supplanted his ego, he's walked in the shadows.

    After months of chatter about the New Bob Dole - and amid some uncertainty about who he really is - voters now are catching a glimpse of the New Jack Kemp.

    The New Jack Kemp has given nods of approval to limiting government services to immigrants, ending affirmative action affirmative action, in the United States, programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women.  and balancing the budget. The Old Jack Kemp spoke vociferously against all three. But, then, the Old Jack Kemp was not running for vice president with a man who espoused different views.

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    Date:Aug 16, 1996
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