MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It was her first solo campaign trip and Hadassah Lieberman, whose husband is running on a ticket with Vice President Al Gore, said she enjoyed the experience.
"I love my Hadassah signs," she told a cheering crowd of some 200 sign-waving supporters at a downtown hotel. "I'm still so new at it that every time I see them I get tears in my eyes and goose bumps."
Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton played host to Lieberman for the day and told the crowd her visit will help "light a fire in the Midwest" so the crucial electoral region will vote for Democrats. Lieberman planned to head to Milwaukee Thursday.
"Hadassah is a force to be reckoned with," Sayles Belton said.
Lieberman told voters they should vote for the presidential ticket of Gore and her husband, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, because the two will be honest and fair.
"Let's get real civil, real, real good, real honest, real upright and we're going to win this for everybody," she said.
Lieberman said Gore's wife, Tipper, has been a mentor to her, recently urging her to abandon campaign duties for a day so she could be with her daughter on her first day of school.
Earlier in the day, Lieberman visited an urban Head Start preschool program and participated in a discussion on women's economic issues led by Sayles Belton at the Chrysalis Center for Women.
She was joined at the late-day rally by a host of prominent DFLers including state Auditor Judi Dutcher, Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe and Rick Stafford, state chairman of the Gore 2000 campaign.
Lieberman was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, but her family moved to Massachusetts when she was an infant.
Both divorced, Lieberman met her husband in 1982 through a friend. She already had a son and he had two children.
In addition to raising their 12-year-old daughter, Lieberman has worked in promotion and marketing. Most recently, from 1994 to 1998, she worked part time for APCO Worldwide, a public- and strategic-affairs company in Washington.
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