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Learning English - Words in the News
 
07 July, 2004 - Published 15:21 GMT
 
Kerry-Edwards to launch campaign
 
Kerry campaign
Kerry 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.

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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.

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whirlwind
an event which happens much more quickly than normal

drum up support
to try and get support

charm
the quality of being attractive and pleasant

lustre
interesting and exciting qualities

uninspiring
not very exciting

regarded with
looked upon

phoney
false

potential
capable of having

integrity
honesty

 
 
 
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