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Gov. Herbert supports Obama's upcoming speech



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Republican Gov. Gary Herbert supports President Barack Obama's plan to deliver a televised back-to-school speech to the nation's students on Tuesday, saying he sees "nothing but good coming out of this."

Herbert said he favors letting students listen to the speech, and he thinks it will foster a dialogue between parents and their children.

"I think it's great. To hear from the president of the United States is an important thing," he told the Deseret News on Saturday. "I'd like to hear what he has to say.

"I hope parents will take the opportunity to discuss the issues with their children, hear what the presidents views are and what his vision is for the future of America. If they agree, then explain that. If they disagree, explain to their children why. I see nothing but good coming out of this," he said.

The governor, who has grandchildren in the Utah school system, said he can't imagine that they wouldn't watch the speech.

Conservative critics have charged that the speech is an underhanded attempted at political indoctrination.

White House officials say the 15- to 20-minute speech is about getting students to work hard and stay in school.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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