The Democratic Party's national convention gets under way today (Monday) in (the northeastern city of) Boston, where delegates have gathered to nominate Sen. John Kerry as the party's presidential candidate.
The four-day convention's opening session will feature speeches by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as former Vice President Al Gore, the party's 2000 presidential nominee.
Democrats will use the gathering to spotlight Mr. Kerry's record as a medal-winning combat veteran (in Vietnam) and a four-term senator (from the state of Massachusetts).
Party officials, who hope to win the support of undecided voters, have asked speakers to keep a positive tone and minimize criticism of President Bush this week.
Mr. Kerry will formally accept the party's presidential nomination on Thursday.
The Republican Party holds its convention next month in New York.
Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.