Party Conventions

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  • Created on: 07-04-19 23:33
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  • Are national party conventions still important?
    • NO
      • Presidential candidate now decided during the primaries. not the convention.
      • Vice presidential candidate now announced before the convention.
      • Party platform is mostly agreed before the convention.
      • Television coverage is greatly reduced.
      • More "balloons and hoopla" than serious policies.
    • YES
      • The only time the national parties meet together.
      • Opportunity to promote party unity.
      • Opportunity to enthuse party members and activists.
      • Introduce presidential and vice presidential candidates.
      • Delivery of presidential candidate acceptance speech.
      • Can lead to a significant 'bounce' in the polls.
      • Many voters don't tune in to the campaign until the conventions start.
      • A significant number of voters make their decision about who to support during the conventions.


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