WEDNESDAY, JULY 28
JOHN EDWARDS: "The Republicans are doing all they can to take this campaign for the highest office in the land down the lowest possible road... You can reject the tired, old, hateful, negative, politics of the past [and] ... embrace the politics of hope, the politics of what's possible..."
"I have heard some discussions and debates about where, and in front of what audiences we should talk about race, equality, and civil rights. Well, I have an answer to that question. Everywhere."
" Like all of those brave men and women, John (Kerry) put his life on the line for our country. He knows that when authority is given to the president, much is expected in return. That's why we will strengthen and modernize our military... But we can't do this alone. We have to restore our respect in the world to bring our allies to us and with us. It's how we won the World Wars and the Cold War and it is how we will build a stable Iraq." MORE
ELIZABETH EDWARDS: "I married the smartest, toughest, sweetest man I know... But none of the things I have mentioned are the reason I married John Edwards. I married him because he was the single most optimistic person I have ever known.
SPOTTED: Sean "Puffy" Combs on his cell phone in his signature "Vote or Die" tee...Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth of "The Apprentice" sitting near the Alaska delegation....
GEN. SHALIKASHVILI: "He commanded in combat and did so with bravery and distinction. He knows from experience a commander's responsibility to his troops. He stands with our troops and with their families and that is why I stand with John Kerry."
GOV. JENNIFER GRANHOLM (D-MICH.): "With the same fierce love of the American ideals of freedom and opportunity as those patriots who started it all here in Boston, let us here and now launch the rebellion to choose a new president, John Kerry." MORE
GOV. BILL RICHARDSON (D-N.M.): "Because this White House decided to go at it alone, we are shouldering the burden in Iraq -- alone. We are paying the bills for the war -- nearly $200 billion so far -- alone. Our troops are being stretched thin. Our deficit is ballooning. And we are being distracted from the important work of chasing down Al Qaeda and destroying it once and for all."
SHARPTON DEVIATES FROM PLANNED TEXT WITH 23-MINUTE SPEECH
TO BUSH: "You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. We were promised forty acres and a mule. We never got the 40 acres. We never got the 40 acres. We didn't get the mule. So we decided we would ride this donkey as far as it would take us."
ON FLORIDA 2000: "The reason we took Florida so seriously is our right to vote wasn't gained because of our age. Our vote was soaked in the blood of violence... This vote can't be taken away. This vote can't be given away... Mr. President. Read my lips. Our vote is not for sale." MORE
SEN. BOB GRAHAM riffs slightly himself: "And we know that Iraq didn't attack the United States on September 11th; Osama bin forgotten and al Qaeda did."
RNC ECSTATIC: MICHAEL DUKAKIS spotted for first time on floor...
WYCLEF'S GOT A PLAN... Alters "If I was President" lyrics: "If I was president... get elected on Friday... send the troops back home Monday."
CANDIDATE, RET. LT. COL. STEVE BROZAK: "My belief in a national security policy didn't change ... what changed is the direction of the Republican Party."