On the verge of having John Kerry accept the Democratic nomination, Vice Presidential hopeful John Edwards urged voters to avoid the mistakes of the past.
“Between now and November, you, the American people, you can reject the tired, old, hateful, negative politics of the past,” he said, in front of 20,000 people gathered at the Fleet Center in Boston who attended the Democratic Convention. “And instead, you can embrace the politics of hope, the politics of what’s possible because this is America, where everything is possible.”
Later in the night, with the nomination of Ohio, Kerry was elected as their nominee.
The crowd was clearly behind Edwards, the North Carolina senator, waving signs and flags with his name.
He said Kerry was a confident leader who could lead the nation through the war on terrorism. “Decisive. Strong. Is this not what we need in a commander-in-chief?”
He described two Americas, “one for people who have lived the American dream and don’t have to worry, and another for most Americans who work hard and still struggle to make ends meet.”
Edwards also addressed their stance on terrorism. “We will have one clear unmistakable message for Al Qaida and these terrorists: You cannot run. You cannot hide. We will destroy you.”
Kerry did not attend the night’s festivities, instead staying at his nearby home, being greeted by the likes of Hilary Clinton and Howard Dean. Al Sharpton also spoke at the third day of the convention.