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Sen. Clinton to speak at convention after all

America Votes 2004
John F. Kerry
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Bill Clinton

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's office said Thursday that she is "honored" and "delighted" to have been given a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention, defusing a controversy that has been swirling over how big a role she would have in the event.

Clinton will stand before the Democratic delegates to introduce her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on the first night of the convention, a Democratic source familiar with the situation told CNN. (Full story)

Some party activists and Clinton admirers had complained after the John Kerry campaign issued the lineup of convention speakers, which did not include the former first lady. They had been urging the campaign to give her a prominent speaking role. (Full story)

Discounting media reports the senator from New York was furious at being snubbed, Clinton's staff insisted that she was not upset by the decision.

Reacting Thursday to the invitation for her to appear, Clinton's office released a statement saying she "is honored and delighted to have the opportunity to address the convention, and she will continue to do everything she can to elect John Kerry and John Edwards."

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