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Democrats Prepare to Formally Nominate John Kerry - 2004-07-28

On the third day of its convention in Boston, Massachusetts, the Democratic party is poised to formally approve Senator John Kerry and Senator John Edwards as its presidential and vice presidential nominees.

As the convention moves into its third day, the focus turns to the "roll call" of the 50 U.S. states and territories that will formally nominate Senator Kerry as the Democratic party candidate for president.

Mr. Kerry will not speak until Thursday, but his vice presidential choice, Senator John Edwards, will address the convention later Wednesday.

In brief remarks after arriving in Boston earlier in the day, Mr. Kerry said he looked forward to his address Thursday formally accepting the nomination as president.

"I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to my opportunity, a little more than 24 hours from now, to share with you and all of America a vision for how we are going to make this country stronger at home and respected in the world," he said.

Among speakers to the convention Wednesday will be a several members of Congress and African-American leaders including Al Sharpton, one of two African-Americans who competed for the Democratic nomination, and Jesse Jackson.

John Glenn, the former astronaut and Senator, will also address delegates, as will Robert Kennedy, Jr., son of the late Robert Kennedy who was assassinated in 1968.

In a tribute to their past roles in Democratic politics, former party presidential candidates George McGovern, Walter Mondale, and Michael Dukakis will receive recognition from the convention. The three lost to Republicans in previous elections.

Republicans hold their convention in New York City at the end of August. The U.S. general election takes place on November 2.