Presidential Candidate John Kerry Opens Door for Rival Sharpton to Address Democratic National Convention

BET NIGHTLY NEWS Sets Two-Part Interview With the Projected Democratic

Nominee on May 3 and 4; Series Preview Tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT

Apr 29, 2004, 01:00 ET from BET (Black Entertainment Television)

    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."
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