Local dems have tickets for rally | SummitDaily.com

Local dems have tickets for rally

AP PhotoDemocratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., kicks off a cross-country trip that starts in Denver today.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Local Democratic party officials have reserved a block of tickets for Summit County residents interesting in attending a presidential rally this afternoon.Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry today will kick off “America’s Freedom Trail,” a cross-country bus trip from Denver to Boston, the site of the Democratic National Convention. The rally will take place at the Fitzsimmons Parade Grounds in Aurora.

Call Sandy Briggs at (970) 389-0987 or Michael Craig at (970) 485-1063 for more information.Kerry’s trip will begin today in Colorado’s Front Range at the suburban Denver Army hospital, where Kerry was born. It will end at Boston’s FleetCenter, where the convention starts July 26.Kerry’s running mate, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, and the candidates’ families are expected to accompany him on the trip.

Kerry featured Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in nearby Aurora in national television ads, where he was born on Dec. 11, 1943. At the time, Kerry’s father, Richard, who had volunteered to fly DC-3s in the Army Air Corps in World War II, was in Aurora recovering from a bout with tuberculosis. Not long after Kerry’s birth, his family returned home to Massachusetts.

It will be Kerry’s second campaign trip to the state. Last month he made a quick stop in Aspen for a $500,000 fundraiser at the home of Michael Goldberg, president of Miami-based airline leasing company Aerolease International. He then held a rally and another fundraiser in Denver.Kerry is hoping to become the first Democrat since Bill Clinton in 1992 to win Colorado’s nine electoral votes. Kerry’s advisers say Colorado could be won by a Democrat again this year because of the growing Hispanic population and job losses under President George W. Bush.

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