DES MOINES — Tom Harkin’s speech at the Democratic National Convention will come on the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the signature legislation of Harkin’s career.
Harkin, who retired from the Senate in 2014, will speak Tuesday at the Democrats’ convention in Philadelphia. Harkin said he was asked to speak that day to celebrate the legislation that created federal laws designed to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities.
Harkin said he will speak Tuesday at roughly 3 p.m. Iowa time.
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“They wanted to commemorate that and to have me speak about the inclusion of people with disabilities in our society, and I think it fits in with Hillary’s theme that we’re stronger together,” Harkin said.
He said he has been given four minutes to talk about the Americans with Disabilities Act and his support for Clinton, who he endorsed during the Iowa caucuses.
Also scheduled to speak at the convention is Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, on Monday.