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Lamm Praises Zschau's "Integrity, Honesty"

Ed Zschau

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AllPolitics, Aug. 5) -- Former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm, battling Ross Perot for the Reform Party's presidential nomination, today named former California congressman Ed Zschau as his running mate.

"This is a person of integrity, honesty and common sense," Lamm said, in announcing a veep choice that had been expected since late last week.

Zschau is a moderate Republican who nearly defeated former California Sen. Alan Cranston in 1986. The 56-year-old high-technology entrepreneur and university instructor served in the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1986.

Zschau, who appeared with Lamm at a news conference, cited his blend of business and government experience. "I feel that set of experiences...will provide me with special capabilities to serve the nation in the years ahead," he said.

Still, some political analysts wondered why Zschau would join the longshot Lamm campaign. Some surveys suggest Perot, who founded the Reform Party, still enjoys the support of the majority of its membership. The party will choose its nominee in mid-August and announce the result Aug. 18.

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