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CNN Analyst Charlie Cook to Headline Washington Insider Breakfast at AMI Innovation Showcase

Friday, June 28, 2002

Washington, DC — CNN analyst and Washington political guru Charlie Cook offers his predictions about the upcoming elections at the Washington Insider breakfast during the American Meat Institute’s Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase, October 24 – 26, 2002, in New Orleans.

“AMI is pleased that such a respected and talented political analyst with a window into the constantly changing political climate here in Washington will offer his insights to AMI members just prior to the mid-term elections,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.

Regarded as one of the most astute and impartial analysts of the Washington political scene, Cook will take a look behind the scenes to learn about Congressional races critical to meat and poultry businesses. Cook’s quick wit, memorable stories and important insights provide audiences of every political perspective with concrete information about today’s political and legislative environments.

Cook is the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and CongressDailyAM. In addition to his duties at CNN, Cook has appeared on all the major television network news shows, including NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week” and “Nightline,” CBS’s “Evening News with Dan Rather” and PBS’s “NewsHour” with Jim Lehrer.

Most AMI Political Action Committee and Political Education Committee contributors are entitled to a complimentary ticket to the breakfast. Others may purchase tickets for $150 each either in advance or at the door. The ticketed event will be held Saturday, October 26, 2002, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside. To purchase tickets or register for the convention in advance visit:
The Innovation Showcase provides a forum for viewing new technologies and products for the meat and poultry industry. Featuring more than 150 exhibitors, the Showcase is recognized as the place for innovative industry suppliers to show their latest products and a place for informal business discussions. In addition, the convention features educational tracks including an environment/operations conference, government and public policy conference, management and finance conference and the marketing conference. The Annual Meat Industry Research Conference also will be held October 24 – 26, 2002.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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