REV. JESSE JACKSON "Barack Obama symbolizes ... progress and growth."
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH Brings crowd to its feet... "This Administration rushed us into a war based on distortions and misrepresentations... Iraq had nothing to do with 911 or with al Qaeda's role in 911."
REP. CHARLIE RANGEL: "We should let our country know that we are mad as hell that as our kids are being used as fodder... We're mad as hell that we can go into war with no information -- bad information -- and still have no plan to get out of it."
SEN. PAT LEAHY "If the Vice President is watching this, it may time to change channels and turn off his TV set. And apparently he turned off the teleprompter." (Lost Leahy, sans teleprompter, rescued by speech text brought from the edges...)
SEN. LEAHY: "They've undermined national security with a misguided rush to invade Iraq."
DI FI: Sen. Dianne Feinstein says Kerry won't wait to make post-9/11 changes, that's why "I'm so proud to place into nomination John Kerry to be the 44th president of these United States" in first nomination speech.
ROBERT KENNEDY, JR.: "We have never had a president in this country who has made this kind of direct assault on all of our environmental laws… And he has put polluters in charge of all the regulatory agencies..."
SEN. MARIA CANTWELL: "The Enrons and the Halliburtons count more in the energy policy than the ordinary citizens... Our energy plan is not open to the highest bidder."
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER introduced as "The senior citizen -- sorry, the senior Senator..."
SEN. FRANK LAUTENBERG MAKES FIRST MENTION OF ISRAEL: "John Kerry's faith to a Jewish state is unwavering... [Israel] has become a pariah for demonstrating just how well a Democratic society functions."
STATE SEN. DIANNE WILKERSON: "John Kerry will be a President who believes that civil rights is something to be celebrated and a President who would actually speak to civil rights leaders once every 4 years."
COLUMBUS MAYOR: Columbus Ohio Mayor Michael Coleman talks of job losses, seconds Kerry's nomination, says, "I pray that one day we can bring all of Americas sons and daughters home ..."
HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN PREZ Cheryl Jacques: "... we are working for marriage equality so we can do what families do best: care for each other, in sickness and in health."
YOUTH BUILD GRAD: Eimy Santiago says because of John Kerry, "I believe in myself again," in third nomination speech.
SEN. MARY LANDRIEU: "They might think that they own the politics of division, we claim unity."
REP. HAROLD FORD, JR.: "It is up to us to help John Kerry win in November so we can once again unify this nation."