December 11, 1943
Married to Teresa Heinz; two
daughters --Alexandra and Vanessa. Three stepchildren. Catholic.
Bachelor's degree, Yale University,
1966; law degree, Boston College, 1976.
officer, awarded Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat "V,"
three Purple Hearts for Vietnam War service, 1966-70; spokesman,
Vietnam Veterans Against the War, 1971; Middlesex County,
Mass., prosecutor, 1976-78; lawyer in private practice, 1979-1982;
Massachusetts Lieutenant governor, 1983-85; U.S. Senate, 1985-present.
John Kerry's acceptence speech
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., won the Democratic
nomination for president in July, the only Democrat left standing in a field
that at one time numbered 10. In winning the nomination, Kerry survived several
shake-ups of his campaign after former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean spent most of
2003 as the frontrunner. But the Iowa caucuses, and an ill-timed scream, doomed
Dean, and forced out Sen. Richard Gephardt. And Kerry rolled on Super Tuesday,
forcing his primary competitor, Sen. John Edwards, out of the race. In June,
Kerry named Edwards his choice for vice president.
Kerry did not get a large bounce after the Democratic National Convention in
Boston, and then in late August, the Republican Convention in New York, coupled
with a strong ad campaign by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, heavily damaged
Kerry, who never recovered from a sharp drop in the polls, even though the final
election result was close.
To absolutely no one's surprise Sen. John Kerry was officially nominated by his party on Wednesday night, garnering 4,255 votes, with Ohio Rep. Denis Kucinich taking a distant second place with 37. We bring you his Thursday night acceptence speech.
Minnesota delegates bring convention enthusiasm back home
Minnesota Democrats are returning home after wrapping up the four-day Democratic National Convention in Boston. The convention ended Thursday evening, after Sen. John Kerry accepted the party's nomination for president. Minnesota delegates uniformly cheered Kerry's remarks -- but the event is only the first step in what's sure to be a tough three months.
Kerry defines himself as a soldier, father and man of values
Soldier, father and man of values - John Kerry
sought to define himself Thursday night to an American public still
unfamiliar with the Democrat determined to replace President Bush.
Kerry accepted his party's nomination in the embrace of an
adoring hometown crowd, an affectionate introduction by his two
daughters and a loyal lineup of fellow Vietnam veterans.
Pro-choice Catholics in Democratic delegation feel the heat
Sen. John Kerry is just the third Catholic ever nominated to be president of the United States. In 1928, Al Smith, and again in 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy -- both Democrats -- had to answer questions from voters about the role of their religion in governing. Now, some politicians are answering the same question, but this time it's coming from their church.
Convention speeches from John Edwards and others
We feature the best speeches from the third night of the Democratic National Convention, including the remarks of vice presidential hopeful John Edwards.
MPR coverage of the 2004 Democratic National Convention
The Democratic National Convention met was held in Boston July 26-29, 2004. The convention nominated John Kerry to run for president. In this special section, MPR News explored several facets of the Democratic politics, you can also hear all the major speeches, and read the Editor's Notebook, a convention blog.
Kerry nominated; Edwards revives theme of two Americas
Sen. John Kerry collected the Democratic
presidential nomination late Wednesday, as delegates to the party convention cast their votes for him. Kerry, a four-term Massachusetts senator, was in his Boston hotel
when convention delegates formally bestowed the prize
he won in a series of primaries and caucuses last winter and
spring. He will deliver his acceptance speech Thursday evening. His running mate, Sen. John Edwards, spoke Wednesday night, reviving his primary campaign theme of two Americas -- one for the rich, and one for everyone else.
Kucinich delegates: What to do?
As the hour grew near to nominate John Kerry as
the Democratic presidential candidate, about 60 delegates,
including nine Minnesotans, struggled to find a way to show party unity and still express their support for Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Kucinich has urged supporters to back Kerry, but some delegates are leaning toward simply calling themselves "present" during the vote Wednesday night.
House Democrats on the back shelf at convention
In Washington, they're big dogs. But at the
Democratic National Convention the party's House members can barely
get a bone, relegated to early speaking slots with little
television exposure and scant attention because of the
single-minded focus on beating President Bush.
Minnesota DFLers united despite differences
Democrats in Boston have approved a new platform that more than doubles the space given to defense and foreign policy issues. It also touches on the controversial issues of abortion rights and gay and lesbian unions. But despite the tangle of thorny issues, Minnesota delegates say they are unified behind Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards in a way that they haven't been in recent years.
Delegates from elsewhere have advice for Minnesota Democrats
In 2000, the Minnesota delegation was seated in the risers as Democrats nominated Vice President Al Gore for the presidency in Los Angeles' Staples Center. This year, Minnesota Democrats have a front-row seat at Boston's Fleet Center. Many factors affect a delegation's seating, but one of them is likely the state's status as a newly-minted battleground state.
Heinz Kerry touts husband's character; Obama wows the delegates
Democrats assailed President Bush's handling of
the Iraq war Tuesday night and painted a vivid portrait of John
Kerry as a decorated war hero. "He earned his medals the
old-fashioned way, by putting his life on the line," Teresa Heinz
Kerry told the party's national convention.
Courting the veterans vote
Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Boston are hearing an emphasis on Sen. John Kerry's war record. Convention organizers are hoping to portray Kerry as someone strong on defense. But it may be a tough sell among at least one group of voters -- veterans.
Democrats sell themselves as the party of strength
Democrats have wrestled their message down to one
word: strength. A strong economy. Strong community. All under the vision of a strong leader. They can't use the word or its variations enough at their national convention.
They used it 106 times in the text of the platform they were
adopting in Boston on Tuesday, a document called "Strong at Home: Respected in the World."
Clinton assails Bush, issues call to send Kerry to White House
Bill Clinton stirred the opening night of the
Democratic National Convention Monday with a summons to send John
Kerry to the White House, accusing President Bush of botching both
the economy and the war on terror.
"Strength and wisdom are not opposing values," the former
president said sarcastically of the man who followed him into
office. He said Republicans "need a divided America, but we