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Analyzing Kerry's Stump Speech

John Kerry addresses a crowd during a recent swing through the Midwest.
Christine Arrasmith, NPR
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John Kerry addresses a crowd during a recent swing through the Midwest.

John Kerry addresses a crowd during a recent swing through the Midwest.
Christine Arrasmith, NPR /
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John Kerry addresses a crowd during a recent swing through the Midwest.

Like President Bush, Sen. John Kerry has a standard speech he delivers at every rally and whistle stop on the campaign trail. Though it's evolved over time, key elements of the speech remain constant: the opening joke and overarching campaign message. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

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Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.