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CONVENTION UPDATE ... DAY THREE: THE DEMOCRATS IN BOSTON

DAY 3 What to look for:

John F. Kerry will be officially nominated in a roll call vote but the focus tonight will be on his running-mate, Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. Edwards' wife Elizabeth will introduce her husband to the delegates at approximately 10 p.m. and then Edwards will deliver his major convention speech. He formally accepts his nomination in a brief appearance on Thursday.

Among those scheduled to address the convention tonight are: Florida Sen. Bob Graham; Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm; Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich; N.Y. Rep. Greg Meeks; Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley; Nevada Sen. Harry Reid; Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; Rev. Al Sharpton; and Cate Edwards, daughter of John Edwards.

Political skinny:

Marching in lockstep with Kerry's agenda, Democrats adopted a platform Tuesday that pledges an uncompromising war against terrorists, repaired relations with the world and advances on jobs, affordable health care and education. The days of platform fights long gone, delegates approved the document in a hasty procedure and in a largely empty Democratic National Convention hall.

Developments:

John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, visited the grave of their son Wade on Tuesday before leaving their hometown of Raleigh, N.C., to fly to Boston.

In the convention keynote address, Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama described Kerry as a Vietnam War hero who has long made "tough choices when easier ones were available." At the same time, Obama faulted the war policies of the current commander in chief without mentioning him by name.

"When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going," he said in prepared remarks.

Television:

Today's scheduled network coverage of the convention:

ABC, CBS, NBC: 10-11 p.m.

PBS: 8-11 p.m.

C-SPAN: 4-11 p.m.

MSNBC: 6-7 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. Who's talking:

"The issue this year is registration and voter protection because we put votes in the bucket and the bucket has a hole in it," the Rev. Jesse Jackson

An alternative view:

"When you're representing a candidate, you have to be more careful about what you say. There's plenty to say about Bush without resorting to name-calling." Rob Reiner

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