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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Monday, March 08, 2004

    Not afraid to speak her mind 

    Teresa Heinz Kerry speaks five languages, yet in the plainest English dismisses Bush administration policies as "stupid." She is a devout Roman Catholic who is staunchly pro-choice. She is the heiress to the Heinz food fortune and a sophisticated philanthropist who once told a reporter she didn't "give a (expletive)" whether she was known as Heinz or Heinz Kerry. "Swearing," she added, "is a good way to relieve tension."

    So far on the campaign trail, her candor, not to mention her intelligence and detailed grasp of the issues, has played to largely favorable reviews. "John Kerry's Secret Ingredient," declared a Newsweek headline last year. The London Observer recently called her "Kerry's Gold." "Mrs. Kerry is worth a fortune, but her real value to the campaign is her bluntness," said Time.

    The candidate himself seems bemused.

    "I'm not going to worry about it," the Massachusetts senator recently said. "She is my wife. She is who she is. I love her for her outspokenness, and I think it's kind of charming and honest. I think people like honesty."

    - Tim Madigan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 10:55 AM



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