Note the reporter's note drawing the distinction lost in Kerry's B.S. answer below:
"Kerry dismissed Republican threats to ask for equal air time on television during the week of the Democratic convention if he decides to delay his nomination. Without a nomination, said Bush campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel, the Boston convention would be a political pep rally, and Bush-Cheney '04 'would certainly be interested in receiving network coverage for four days worth of Bush-Cheney '04 pep rallies.'
The senator chuckled at the criticism.
'Once again, the Republicans don't know history, and they don't know facts,' he said. 'The truth is that it used to be that the convention, after nomination, traveled to the home or the state of the nominee to inform them they've been nominated. Woodrow Wilson was at his house in Princeton, N.J.; Harry Truman was in Independence,' Mo., he said. 'They're trying to make an issue out of something that they're surprised by, because . . . they're very upset someone might have a way of neutralizing their advantage.'
The nominations of Wilson and Truman occurred in the days before public financing of presidential campaigns and federal election rules about campaign fund-raising."