Thursday, December 07, 2000

McConnell leads way on presidential inaugural

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Even though the presidential race has not been decided, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is moving forward with plans for the Jan. 20 inaugural.

        Mr. McConnell, a Republican from Louisville, chairs the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies along with Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.

        On Wednesday, Mr. McConnell and Mr. Dodd participated in the traditional driving of the first nail, which signifies the start of construction of the inaugural platform. It is being constructed on the West Front Terrace of the U.S. Capitol.

        “I am tremendously honored to chair this event, the first inaugural of the 21st century, in which the world will once again witness the dignified and peaceful transfer of power in the world's greatest democracy,” Mr. McConnell said in a statement.

        Mr. McConnell also announced Wednesday that the committee has launched an inaugural Web site, It includes information about inaugural history, a quiz for students and links to inaugural-related Web sites.

        Mr. McConnell said once a winner is declared, the site will be updated with information about either Republican George W. Bush or Democrat Al Gore.


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