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Granholm to Speak at Democratic Convention

Gov. Jennifer Granholm (search) has been tapped by presidential candidate John Kerry to talk about jobs, education and hometown security in a speech during the third night of the Democratic National Convention (search), Granholm's spokeswoman said Friday.

"Those are issues that have resonated in states like Michigan, which makes Governor Granholm an excellent choice to speak to the American people about them," Liz Boyd said Friday. "Certainly Governor Granholm is honored that John Kerry and John Edwards have asked her to speak."

The governor will speak between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. the same night vice presidential candidate John Edwards and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (search) address the convention.

The focus that night will be on Kerry's and Edwards' plans to lead during a time of war and terrorism by building a strong military, alliances with other nations and support for police, firefighters and other domestic responders.

Granholm has been a frequent critic of the Bush administration, saying the Republican president has not done enough to level the playing field for U.S. businesses or understood the pain states such as Michigan are feeling over lost manufacturing jobs.