Election 2004 -- The Democratic Convention

July 29, 2004

QUOTE

"The Republican Party left me behind, so I had to leave the Republican Party behind."

Steve Brozak, a former Marine running for Congress in New Jersey

DEVELOPMENTS

Fearing backlash from attack-weary independent voters, John Kerry's team ordered Democratic National Convention speakers and delegates to soften their anti-Bush rhetoric, but Democrats say the strategy has been easier to understand than to heed. "Being a Christian woman, I called them and said, `Lord, have mercy, I cannot hold my tongue,'" said Donna Brazile, campaign manager for Al Gore's failed 2000 presidential bid.

Eager Democrats, hoping to boost their chances to take John Kerry's Senate seat should he win the White House, have been campaigning frenetically at the convention. The overwhelmingly Democratic Massachusetts Legislature is expected to push through a bill that would block the Republican governor from naming a replacement for Kerry, and instead set a special election. Among the contenders are U.S. Reps. Edward J. Markey, Marty T. Meehan, Barney Frank, William D. Delahunt and Stephen F. Lynch.

Michael Moore, the director of Fahrenheit 9/11, said he would make stops throughout Florida in October to focus attention on voting rights issues and try to prevent a repeat of the 2000 election debacle. "We will guarantee to every Floridian that their vote will be counted this year," Moore said. "I will have my cameras. We will put a huge spotlight on them. They will not get away with it this time."

TODAY'S SPEAKERS

John Kerry, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee

Alexandra Kerry, daughter of John Kerry

Vanessa Kerry, daughter of John Kerry

Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State

Max Cleland, former U.S. Senator from Georgia

ON TV

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.

TRAILING THE CANDIDATES

John Kerry: Ferried across the harbor where a tea-dumping party ignited the American Revolution, vowed to "write the great next chapter of history in this country" as he looked forward to receiving the Democratic nomination for president.

John Edwards: Did a star turn with a prime-time speech before a roll-call vote officially nominated him for vice president.

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

Vice President Dick Cheney: No campaign events.

ONLINE

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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