U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, tells reporters that President Barack Obama needs to educate voters about all he has accomplished to justify a second term.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Democrats' 2004 presidential nominee, said President Barack Obama must remind America in his Thursday acceptance speech what all he has accomplished in four years because voters "don't know all he's done."
Kerry (D-MA), who wound up losing to President George W. Bush, made his comments after a breakfast meeting of Massachusetts delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
The Massachusetts and Illinois delegations are sharing the same hotel in downtown Charlotte.
"He's proud of what he has done, but a lot of Americans don't know all that he's done," Kerry told reporters. "We've actually accomplished [a lot], despite the greatest obstructionism I've ever seen in all [my] years in the Senate [and] more than any Congress since Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal Congress.
"Look at the scope of the decisions, the financial reforms, the health care decision, which is going to save money and make life better. Look at the effect of the money that was spent on infrastructure, on saving Detroit," he continued.
"I want the president to build on what President Clinton did [Wednesday] night, and I expect him to lay out a very, very clear agenda. I expect him to connect the dots between the choices he has made now, where we are now and how we move forward," Kerry said. "I think he'll be very specific about that journey forward, and I think that's what Americans want to hear."