NEW YORK, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- In what may be a surprising move to some political circles, Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) has issued an invitation to former Democratic Primary rival Rev. Al Sharpton to address this summer's Democratic National Convention in Boston. Senator Kerry makes his comments tonight in an exclusive one-on-one interview with BET NIGHTLY NEWS anchor Jacque Reid at 11 p.m. ET/PT as a prelude to a special two-part series with BET airing Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4. The interview was taped earlier today with Senator Kerry during a campaign stop in Philadelphia. The following are excerpts from Senator Kerry's comments to BET NIGHTLY NEWS about whether Rev. Sharpton would be an invited speaker at the Democratic National Convention: On Rev. Al Sharpton as a Speaker at the DNC ... Kerry: "I hope so. Sure ... That's my call ... If he wants to do it, he can do it ... Let me just say to you ... if he wants to do it, I'd like him to do it. I think he'd do a terrific job. I think he'll add something ... there's no plea necessary. It's my invitation." On Rev. Sharpton's Impact on the Presidential Campaign Season ... Kerry: " ... He certainly earned the right to be part of this process, and I think he can be very, very helpful in motivating people, in helping to register people." ABOUT BET BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 78 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses: BET.com, the Number 1. Internet portal for African- Americans; BET Digital Networks -- BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African-American themed romance novels under the Arabesque Books label, and publisher of new imprints Sepia and New Spirit.
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