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07 July, 2004 - Published 15:21 GMT
Kerry-Edwards to launch campaign
The Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, will make a joint appearance today with his newly chosen running mate, the North Carolina Senator John Edwards. The choice of Mr Edwards, who is regarded as a charismatic figure, has been widely welcomed in the Democratic party. This report from Justin Webb.
The Kerry-Edwards team are calling today's appearance in Cleveland the beginning of a journey across America. The whirlwind tour is an attempt to drum up support and money but also to introduce Mr Edwards to the American public in the hope that his charm will add a bit of lustre to the rather uninspiring Kerry campaign, particularly in the south, where Mr Kerry is regarded with suspicion. The Republican national committee has lost no time in attacking the vice-presidential hopeful, describing Mr Edwards as a politically inexperienced phoney, but some individual Republicans have acknowledged his potential strengths. The party's leader in the Senate, Bill Frist, described Mr Edwards as a man of strong integrity - a very good candidate.
drum up support