Election 2004 -- The Democratic Convention

July 28, 2004


"I want them to see who I am and what I believe, and why I believe John Kerry should be president."

Sen. John Edwards, talking about his nationally televised address today.


The Kerry campaign has eliminated or reduced ads in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Virginia and other states to meet needs elsewhere, and otherwise supportive convention delegates are wondering why. "It disappoints me and worries me," said Jimmie Lou Fisher of Arkansas, where Kerry no longer airs ads. "A state like mine can't just be tossed away," said Cynthia Morrell, a Louisiana delegate.

Rep. Richard A. Gephardt insisted that Missouri is "the premier battleground state" in this year's presidential election. "It's not the Show-Me State for nothing. People are tough judges in Missouri; they hold their fire. They make their mind up at the last minute. And it's always going to be close," Gephardt told Missouri reporters at a news conference at the state delegation's hotel.

The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson said he plans to take a bus tour across Florida to register voters and offer ways to ensure that no one is turned away at the polls, reminding delegates of the disputed 2000 election. "We won in 2000," Jackson told the Florida delegation during a breakfast speech. "We will win again in 2004."


Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore

Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico

The Rev. Al Sharpton, 2004 presidential candidate

Steve Brozak, retired Marine from New Jersey running for a Congressional seat

Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, the vice presidential nominee, to be introduced by his wife, Elizabeth Edwards


ABC, CBS, NBC, live coverage, 10 p.m.-11 p.m.; CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, live coverage with interviews and reports, 4 p.m.-11 p.m., with post-convention reports after 11 p.m.; C-SPAN, gavel-to-gavel coverage, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; PBS, gavel-to-gavel coverage, 8 p.m.- 11 p.m.


John Kerry: The Democratic presidential candidate plans to make his grand entrance into Boston in late morning via water taxi. Kerry, who commanded a Navy swift boat in the Vietnam War, will travel across Boston harbor to Charlestown Navy Yard with several of his former crewmates. Campaigns in Charlestown and stays overnight in Boston.

John Edwards: Attends Democratic National Convention in Boston.

President Bush: No campaign events. At his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Vice President Dick Cheney: Campaigns in Salt Lake City.


* dems2004.org: Live, gavel-to-gavel coverage and interactive Web chats with elected officials are being offered every night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the official convention site.

* baltimoresun.com/election: The Sun's coverage of the convention.

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