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Citizen Koch Goes to Tampa

Meet the left’s public enemy number one.

Sep 3, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 47 • By MICHAEL BARONE
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He sounds offended, but the sunny mood soon returns. David Koch did not marry until he was 56. He and his wife Julia, now 50, have three children aged 6 to 14. He has been battling cancer successfully for 20 years, but he is also thinking about what he will some day leave behind. “I like to engage where my part makes a difference,” he says, speaking of those dinosaur halls. “I have a point of view. When I pass on, I want people to say he did a lot of good things, he made a real difference, he saved a lot of lives in cancer research.” Next to that, being a delegate to the Republican National Convention—and getting jostled by the packed crowd on the floor—is not such a big deal. 

Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics,
and a contributor to Fox News. 

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