Democratic Convention kicks off today

DENVER (AP) -- The Democratic National Convention begins today with an appeal to middle class voters, especially women.

Tonight's keynote address in Denver will come from Michelle Obama. Other speakers include Senators Claire McCaskill and Amy Klobuchar and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Democrats plan a video tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy, who's battling a brain tumor. He taped a segment for the video a few weeks ago but there's a chance he might show up.

Caroline Kennedy will introduce the tribute.

Outside the convention, the police presence is tremendous. Officers are wearing riot gear and the Pepsi Center is ringed by concrete barriers and tall, wire fences.

Daily anti-war demonstrations are planned. The first drew about a thousand people and some have been arrested.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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