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Sunday, July 25, 2004

The New York Times > Democrats Prepare to Put the Spotlight on Kerry

July 25, 2004

By BRIAN KNOWLTON,International Herald Tribune
ASHINGTON, July 25 -- Democrats prepared today to open a national nominating convention in Boston that they said would spotlight Senator John Kerry as a man of principle and common sense who would give a dramatically higher priority to forging strong alliances and international relationships.
The convention, which runs from Monday to Thursday, will bring thousands of Democratic activists and thousands more journalists to a city known as a bastion of liberal politics, even as Mr. Kerry -- in a statistical tie with President Bush, according to recent opinion polls -- seeks to broaden his appeal toward the center.
It will be the first time the historic Massachusetts city has hosted a convention.
As the first national party convention held since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks -- and amid reports that terrorists may seek to strike in Boston -- it will also be by far the most closely guarded. Major thoroughfares through the downtown area, near the Fleet Center arena that will host the meetings, will be closed for part of the week.

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