Romney, Ryan and Republicans in Tampa
The presidential election campaign moves into high gear this week when the Republican national convention gets under way in Tampa, Fla., Monday.
Perhaps you think the campaign has already been in overdrive, what with the barrage of election ads Coloradans have been treated to the past couple months because we are residents of a key swing state. Well, consider this:
Until he has formally received the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney has been restricted in spending much of his $186 million campaign war chest. The nomination vote is to occur Monday, and after that the floodgates will open.
But neither this week’s Republican convention nor the Democratic one to be held the following week in Charlotte, N.C., offer any real drama. As long-time Daily Sentinel political reporter Mary Louise Giblin Henderson notes on the facing page, it’s not like the old days, when there were heated floor fights and back-room negotiations over nominations both for president and vice president.
Now, anticipation is limited to how well candidates Romney and Paul Ryan will perform on the big national stage, and whether Ron Paul supporters or Hurricane Isaac will cause the greatest disruption at the convention.
Pundits, of course, will be listenting intently for any sort of gaffe by candidates or political operatives they can use to enliven their news reports.
Delegates to the convention should have little trouble getting some news coverage of their own. According to the Republican National Convention website, there are 2,286 official delegates and roughly 15,000 credentialed media members — a ratio of almost seven to one.
National political conventions may not be what they once were. But they present a huge opportunity for the key contestants in our quadrennial national election to tell us why we should vote for them — using something other than 30-second sound bites.
So, most of us will watch and listen, deciding or confirming our previous decisions, knowing a deluge of new advertisements is coming soon.