2004 Campaign: Ready For His Close-Up

TIME photographer Callie Shell goes backstage for an exclusive look at John Kerry's critical convention moment

MARRIAGE COUNSEL Cloistered from the TV cameras and delegates, John Kerry takes a final pause with his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry before she leaves to sit in the family box. In less than 10 minutes, he will enter the arena of Boston's FleetCenter to accept the Democratic Party's nomination for President

LAST MINUTE Just before his speech, Kerry takes a good-luck call from fellow Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, who has helped Kerry campaign for more than 30 years. Standing beside Kerry is Mary Beth Cahill, Kennedy's chief of staff until she took over Kerry's campaign

AT THE READY Heinz Kerry peeks...

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