John Kerry: `Reporting for Duty’

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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry on Capitol Hill.

Senator John Kerry will report for duty in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention — a somewhat different “duty” than the one he accepted in Boston in 2004.

The Massachusetts Democrat and decorated Vietnam war veteran will make national security the focus of his remarks when he addresses his party’s convention on Sept. 6, the same night that President Barack Obama speaks at Bank of America Stadium on the final evening of the convention.

The night’s theme will center on the Obama administration’s record on national security and veterans affairs, as the Obama campaign seeks to press what it believes is  the president’s advantage over traditionally Republican-friendly issues,  a campaign official says.

For Kerry, who accepted his party’s nomination in Boston eight years ago, it’s a reversal of roles. Then-Illinois state Senator Obama gave the convention’s keynote address in 2004, a speech that electrified the audience, brought him attention from donors and helped launch his presidential aspirations.

Kerry’s accepted his party’s nomination for president at the party’s next convention with a full salute and these words: “I am John Kerry and I am reporting for duty.”


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