Colorado Democrats pledge some votes to liberal standard bearer Dennis Kucinich |

Colorado Democrats pledge some votes to liberal standard bearer Dennis Kucinich

Matt Zalaznick

“This is where you come in. Between now and November, you, the American people you can reject the tired, old, hateful, negative, politics of the past. And instead you can embrace the politics of hope, the politics of what’s possible because this is America, where everything is possible.”

The traditional roll call, in which the delegates pledge votes to the party’s candidates, was held after Edwards’ speech. Colorado gave 50 votes to the party’s nominee, Sen. John Kerry, and 13 to challenger, Sen. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.

“I have the utmost respect for our Kucinich delegates who voted as the Kucinich state delegates at home expected,” Marquez said. “They were under a lot of pressure to change their votes for Kerry in support of party unity. But don’t be fooled, the Kucinich delegates will be working just as hard for Kerry as the Kerry delegates.”

On Thursday, Marquez attended a forum on health care issues in historic Faneuil Hall in Boston.

“I heard from Sen. Edward Kennedy, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean and others,” she said. “There is so much to report on health care that I hope I can prepare a column for the Vail Daily when I get home.”

Kerry Thursday night was to deliver a speech that some political observers say could make or break his candidacy. Though the convention ended Thursday, today is also a big day for Marquez, she said.

“I will attend my first Democratic National Committee meeting and meet my 440 colleagues from around the country,” she said. “Today is also the day I get to sleep in for the first time since we left Denver last Thursday.”

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