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The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Hopes Veterans' Support Adds Heft to Candidacy

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Hopes Veterans' Support Adds Heft to Candidacy: "July 26, 2004
Kerry Hopes Veterans' Support Adds Heft to Candidacy
By DAVID STOUT

BOSTON, July 26, Hundreds of military veterans have gathered here to express their support for Senator John Kerry as he prepares to accept the Democratic presidential nomination and, he hopes, to add credence to his assertion that he should replace President Bush as commander in chief.
One of the senator's crewmates from their Vietnam War days, the Rev. David Alston of Columbia, S.C., is to speak in prime time tonight about his combat service with Mr. Kerry. Convention organizers said Mr. Kerry's crewmates would be active here throughout the four days of the convention, which began this afternoon.
By some estimates, as many as 500 veterans are among the delegates gathered in Boston, and they plan to make the most of their military credentials in generating momentum for Mr. Kerry, who made it clear in an interview over the weekend that he would press Mr. Bush on the issues of terrorism and leadership in the long campaign against it."

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