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                         THE WHITE HOUSE
                   OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, June 22, 1993

STATEMENT OF VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE

Tipper and I extend our deepest sympathies to former President Richard Nixon and his family at this time of such great loss. We know we share with millions of Americans the memory of Patricia Ryan Nixon, her selfless dedication and great service to our country.

Mrs. Nixon was a compassionate mother and a devoted wife who raised two beautiful daughters. She was a model of selfless service and devotion to her country. As First Lady, she was a strong supporter of volunteerism and community service and a believer in equal rights for women who set an example through her actions.

She was known by her family and friends as a kind and compassionate person with an inner strength to her graceful composure. Both at home and abroad, she was honored as a gracious and dignified hostess.

Mrs. Nixon's legacy will not be soon forgotten. She's embedded in our country's collective memory as one of its finest. We are proud and grateful to Mrs. Nixon for all that she has done. We will miss her greatly. Our hearts and prayers are with the Nixon family and their many friends during this time.

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