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Clinton Escorts Casket of Former Gov. Richards

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From Times Wire Reports

Former President Clinton tearfully escorted a flag-draped casket carrying the body of former Gov. Ann Richards into the state Capitol in Austin, where it will lie in state for the next two days before her funeral and burial.

Clinton delivered poignant and at times funny recollections of the woman he called “spontaneous, unedited, earthy, hilarious.”

Richards, the Democrat known for her big, frosty white hair and sharp wit, died Wednesday at 73 of esophageal cancer. “In this case, goodbye is also a celebration, because of the big things that Ann Richards did,” Clinton said.

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