Governor Dean gives farewell address at 1:00 p.m.

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(Host) Governor Howard Dean will deliver his farewell address to a joint meeting of the Legislature Wednesday afternoon and Dean says he plans to speak without a formal text.

Dean acknowledges that he doesn’t read prepared speeches very well. Several years ago he considered giving a State of the State address without prepared remarks but he decided at the last minute to drop the idea. Now in his final appearance before the General Assembly, Dean wants to give a spontaneous speech to lawmakers:

(Dean) “I’m going to thank people and then I’m going to talk about whatever comes into my head. As you know I hate reading speeches. I’ve had to do it one or two times a year every year because I had to do the budget speech and the State of the State read. So this is a speech where I have no idea what I am going to say, except of course I’m going to thank the people of Vermont, and you’ll find out when I find out.”

(Host) Vermont Public Radio will broadcast the Governor’s Farewell Address live Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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