Alabama Delegates Praise Kerry Speech

Boston, MA – Alabama delegates to the Democratic National Convention praised John Kerry's speech Thursday night as passionate, and they say it sets the campaign agenda. U.S. Representative Artur Davis said Kerry gave the American people a sense of why he's passionate about being president for the first time Thursday night. And former Governor Jim Folsom said Kerry spelled out the Democratic agenda perfectly. Delegation Vice Chairman Joe Reed and Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Redding Pitt also praised Kerry, saying the speech will appeal to all Alabamians. About 300 people watched the speech in Birmingham at the state Kerry headquarters. No Democratic nominee has won Alabama since Jimmy Carter did in 1976. President Bush won the state by 16 percentage points four years ago.