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.
Vice presidential candidates campaign in Minnesota
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.
Vice President Dick Cheney and his Democratic challenger, John Edwards, brought their campaigns to Minnesota on Monday. Cheney spoke to a group of nearly 500 supporters at the Minnesota State Fair, while Edwards spoke to thousands of supporters at an AFL-CIO Labor Day rally in St. Paul.
Presidential campaigning ramps up again in Minnesota
One day after President Bush formally accepted his party's nomination for re-election, the president and his surrogates have fanned across the country to launch the general campaign season. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was part of the team, landing in Minnesota to rally Republicans at the State Fair. Of course, Democratic candidate John Kerry was at the fair on opening day. And Vice-President Dick Cheney is expected there on Labor Day, while Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards will be across town at a Labor Day picnic on Harriet Island. MPR's Michael Khoo reports on the uptick in campaigning.
Side by side presidential rallies at the fair
Bush and Kerry supporters converge on Carousel Park for side by side presidential rallies and try to convince "Minnesota's last undecided voter." Gary Eichten is joined on stage by two political commentators for this special Minnesota Public Radio Day at the State Fair event.
Minnesota Republicans head home
Minnesota delegates to the Republican National Convention say President Bush laid out a vision several described as "strong," and though the election is two months away, they think the momentum is with their candidate. Democrats say the convention's harsh attacks against Democrat John Kerry will turn off the undecided voters Republicans want to persuade.
Bush says 'we will prevail' over terrorism; Kerry calls president unfit to lead
President Bush picked apart John Kerry's record
on the Iraq war and tax cuts Thursday night, and summoned the nation
toward victory over terrorism and economic security at home.
"Nothing will hold us back," he said in a Republican National
Convention acceptance speech that launched his fall re-election
campaign. Kerry couldn't wait to counter the attacks on his record, calling Bush unfit to lead and saying he misled the nation into the Iraq war.
Bush: Fighting terror 'not for pride,' but to protect Americans
President Bush, his first term shadowed by war,
promises to fight terrorists "not for pride, not for
power" but to keep America safe. In excerpts of his acceptance speech, the Republican incumbent
predicted that voters will want four more years of "steady,
consistent, principled leadership."
Zell Miller and Dick Cheney at the RNC
We continue our week of highlights from the Republican National Convention with the remarks of Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga. The two speakers took off the gloves and delivered stinging attacks on Democratic Democratic candidate John Kerry.
Re-electing a president
With President George W. Bush taking to the stage at the Republican National Convention in New York on Thursday evening, we talk politics with the Midwest chair of his re-election campaign.
Zell Miller: Then and now
Georgia Sen. Zell Miller, keynote speaker at this year's
Republican National Convention, also was the keynote speaker at the
1992 Democratic National Convention. Here's a look at some of the
remarks he made 12 years ago and his statements Wednesday.
Republicans launch double-barreled attack against Kerry
Vice President Dick Cheney unleashed a stinging
attack on Sen. John Kerry Wednesday night, ridiculing him as a
politician who has made a career out of changing his mind. "More
wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure,"
agreed Sen. Zell Miller, a Democratic keynoter at the Republican
Dick Cheney: a man of influence, but still in the background
Dick Cheney, known for being whisked off to
undisclosed locations, doesn't much mind hiding away.
In a string of high-profile jobs - as President Ford's chief of
staff, as a GOP leader in the House, as secretary of defense -
Cheney has rarely sought, or attracted, the limelight. These
days he is one of the most divisive figures in politics.
RNC Highlights: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Laura Bush
We bring you the highlights from the second night of the Republican National Convention in New York City, including the remarks of First Lady Laura Bush and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Republicans talk politics
Thousands of delegates, journalists and protesters have descended on New York City for the 2004 Republican National Convention. We'll discuss the party platform as well as the speeches and the issues that are at the center of this political gathering.
First lady hails husband's fight against terrorism
Republican National Convention co-stars Laura
Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger commended President Bush to the
country for four more years Tuesday night, hailing him as a man of
strength leavened by compassion. "You can count on him, especially
in a crisis," said the first lady.
Highlights from the Republican National Convention
We bring you highlights from the first night of the Republican National Convention in New York City, including the remarks of Arizona Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City.