In the run up to the American presidential elections we will be asking a panel of BBC News Online users to share their views.
In the fourth instalment in the series, six members of the panel give their verdict on this week's Democratic convention in Boston, and John Kerry's key speech.
We asked our panelists: What did you think of Mr Kerry's speech, and in particular his comments on foreign policy and security?
Will the speech convince voters that he can lead America? Will it make undecided and swing voters more likely to vote for him?
Will the Democrats now achieve the boost in the polls they anticipated going into the convention?
Between now and November, the panel will be giving us their personal opinions about key events and themes in the race.
We also want to hear what you think, so send us your comments using the form after each person's views.
The reader's panel has been selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible and may not be representative of wider US public opinion.