Even though Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry has canceled all public campaign events this week in honor of the death former President Ronald Reagan, the senator’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is continuing her campaign appearances.

Teresa Heinz Kerry campaigns for husband Sunday in California (courtesy: Marin Independent Journal)

Yesterday in Mill Valley, Calif., over 400 people paid at least $250 each to hear Mrs. Heinz Kerry speak at a fundraiser in support of her husband’s White House bid.

The one-time Republican reportedly used the speaking engagement to honor the memory of Reagan, and reportedly asked the audience to “be kind” to Republicans in their effort to win over voters and improve the U.S.

“It’s not about a party,” said Heinz Kerry, according to the Marin Independent Journal. “This is about the people and the country.”

The senator’s wife then continued the Kerry campaign at another fundraising event last night in the South Bay area.

The Journal reports Heinz Kerry took President Bush to task for:

  • Not signing the Kyoto Protocol that would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions;

  • Not maintaining a separation of church and state;

  • and turning worldwide support for the U.S. after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks into contempt.

    She said she’s confident Bush can be beaten because even though the president has collected more campaign funds than Kerry, there was a growing sense the nation couldn’t be bought.

    “No amount of money can turn away those votes,” she said.

    Meanwhile, Sen. John Kerry will reportedly attend funeral services for Reagan this Friday at Washington National Cathedral.

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