Stars Raise $7.5 Mil for Kerry-Edwards

07/09/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT

Stars Raise $7.5 Mil for Kerry-Edwards
John Kerry and Jon Bon Jovi
Luke FRAZZA/AFP/Newscom
New York's Radio City Music Hall became a 6,000-seat Democratic convention Thursday night, as stars took the great stage to sing the praises of the new John Kerry-John Edwards ticket – and to pour $7.5 million into the campaign's coffers.

Whoopi Goldberg, in what is being described as an X-rated routine, momentarily watched her language to greet Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry, then peered into the crowd – which included Sarah Jessica Parker and Jon Bon Jovi – to find Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, reports the Associated Press.

"And where's the kid? Where's young Mr. Edwards?" said Goldberg, 48. "And, where's my girl, where's my girl? Stand up miss girl."

Teasing Kerry, Goldberg said: "Not that you're not youthful. You're very youthful, John. But he's youthful. He looks like he's 18."

Later, reports the New York Post, the comic told the crowd that she refused to let the show's organizers clear her material beforehand. "I Xeroxed my behind and I folded it in an envelope and I sent it back with a big kiss mark on (it), because we're Democrats – we're not afraid to laugh," she said.

Other celebrities participating in the event that drew a large crowd of stargazers outside included Mary J. Blige, John Leguizamo, Meryl Streep, Dave Matthews and Paul Newman, who blasted Bush tax cuts and said: "I think that tax cuts to wealthy thugs like me are borderline criminal."

Taking the stage at the end of the evening, Edwards said: "Whoopi Goldberg said earlier tonight that she was afraid she wasn't going to get a phone call to be here. ... I can relate to that."

Said Kerry: "John Edwards thinks he was worried he wasn't going to get a phone call. I was worried I wasn't going to get anybody at home."

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