Speakers list to be continued, chempacks on the way

Published July 14, 2004 3:19PM (EDT)

Hillary Clinton wasn't the only prominent Democrat missing from the partial speakers list released by the DNC yesterday -- Kerry's former rivals were also left unmentioned. But reports out today say most of the Democratic primary candidates will have their turn at the podium in Boston, including Howard Dean and Al Sharpton. The Boston Herald reports, though, that it's unclear whether Dennis Kucinich will get to speak -- ditto for Michael Dukakis. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who has publicly sparred with the Kerry campaign, even calling it "incompetent" at one point, says he was offered a slot to welcome convention-goers on Monday night, but says Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, shouldn't get an opportunity to speak. Four years ago, both parties invited local bipartisan speakers to welcome delegates. But Romney, who has called on Kerry to resign his Senate seat for missing votes while he's campaigning, and pejoratively labeled his running mate John Edwards a "liberal," might not make the cut, the Booston Globe said.

And the Chicago Sun-Times says that even though Democratic rising star and U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama was not on the list yesterday, he will indeed be a featured speaker.

Meanwhile, you know the conventions are just around the corner because the "chem packs" are being rushed to the venues.

By Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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