Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Boston have formally nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as the party's candidate for president of the United States.
Mr. Kerry will accept the nomination in a speech Thursday evening, at the close of the convention.
Wednesday evening delegates heard an address by Mr. Kerry's vice-presidential running mate, North Carolina Senator John Edwards, who pledged to help lead the Democrats to victory in the November election.
He highlighted Senator Kerry's Vietnam era military service, praising him as a combat-tested leader prepared to make America stronger at home and respected in the world.
Mr. Edwards vowed that he and Mr. Kerry would work to provide health insurance for all Americans, raise the minimum wage and penalize companies that send jobs overseas.
Earlier Mr. Kerry was endorsed by retired General John Shalikashvili, former head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Democrats have been promoting Mr. Kerry's military record as part of an effort to convince voters he can protect the nation's security.
Other speakers Wednesday renewed the party's attacks on President Bush. Former U.N ambassador Bill Richardson said that while U.S. military power has never been greater, international respect for the nation is at an all-time low.
Longtime African-American leader Jesse Jackson said it was time to bring U.S. troops home and send Mr. Bush back to Texas.