Kerry coming to Westminster at school president's invitation

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:30 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will speak at Westminster College on Friday, his campaign spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Kerry accepted an invitation from Westminster President Fletcher Lamkin, said Kerry spokesman Bill Burton.

Lamkin invited Kerry after Vice President Dick Cheney spoke Monday at the campus, where Winston Churchill warned in 1946 of an ``Iron Curtain'' descending across postwar Europe.

Lamkin said he had been told Cheney would deliver a ``major foreign policy address,'' and expressed disappointment when the vice president sharply attacked Kerry. Cheney's spokeswoman said, however, the speech was always intended as a campaign event.

In a campus-wide e-mail, Lamkin said he was ``surprised and disappointed'' that Cheney engaged in ``Kerry-bashing,'' and that he was inviting the Massachusetts senator to visit campus out of fairness.

Burton said details were still being worked out, but that Kerry ``thinks it's a great opportunity to go to Westminster and share his vision for a safe and secure and strong America with the people of Missouri.''

Westminster officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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