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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin plans to crash Democrats' party in Charlotte next week

National Republican Convention notes: Mitt Romney campaign is dispatching Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to counter Democratic message; middle-class Oklahoman talks to Spanish reporter
by Chris Casteel Published: August 31, 2012

— Gov. Mary Fallin, who has spent the week on stage and off promoting the Republican presidential ticket, plans to crash the Democrats' party next week in North Carolina.

Fallin has agreed to go to Charlotte, at the expense of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, to make counterpoints to messages coming out of the Democratic National Convention. Democratic-elected officials have been doing the same thing here; Vice President Joe Biden had planned to come here but canceled the trip because of the tropical storm that turned into Hurricane Isaac.

Fallin said, “President Obama and his party are going to be in Charlotte next week touting what they believe are their successes. It's important for our elected officials and party spokesmen to remind the American people of the truth about their time in office, which has brought 42 straight months of unemployment over 8 percent and 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed.”

In 1996, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, a Republican, went to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and former Gov. David Walters, a Democrat, made appearances in 1992 for then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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