of Senator John Kerry
Democratic Party of Georgia's
It is good to be back in Georgia and to
be with you. I have been coming to these dinners since
the 1950s, and have missed very few.
I'm proud to be Georgia's junior senator
and I'm honored to serve with Max Cleland, who is as loved
and respected as anyone in that body. One of our very
highest priorities must be to make sure this man is re-elected
in 2002 so he can continue to serve this state and nation.
I continue to be impressed with all that
Governor Barnes and Lieutenant Governor Taylor and the
Speaker and the General Assembly are getting done over
at the Gold Dome. Georgia is fortunate to have this kind
My job tonight is an easy one: to present
to you one of this nation's authentic heroes, one of this
party's best-known and greatest leaders and a good
He was once a lieutenant governor
but he didn't stay in that office 16 years, like someone
else I know. It just took two years before the people
of Massachusetts moved him into the United States Senate
In his 16 years in the Senate, John Kerry
has fought against government waste and worked hard to
bring some accountability to Washington.
Early in his Senate career in 1986, John
signed on to the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction
Bill, and he fought for balanced budgets before it was
considered politically correct for Democrats to do so.
John has worked to strengthen our military,
reform public education, boost the economy and protect
the environment. Business Week magazine named him one
of the top pro-technology legislators and made him a member
of its "Digital Dozen."
John was re-elected in 1990 and again in 1996 when
he defeated popular Republican Governor William Weld in
the most closely watched Senate race in the country.
John is a graduate of Yale University
and was a gunboat officer in the Navy. He received a Silver
Star, Bronze Star and three awards of the Purple Heart
for combat duty in Vietnam. He later co-founded the Vietnam
Veterans of America.
He is married to Teresa Heinz and they
have two daughters.
As many of you know, I have great affection
some might say an obsession for my two Labrador
retrievers, Gus and Woodrow. It turns out John is a fellow
dog lover, too, and he better be. His German Shepherd,
Kim, is about to have puppies. And I just want him to
Gus and Woodrow had nothing to do with that.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Senator