The conventions since 1968 have been made-for-TV performances, said Madonna, who has covered multiple conventions and will be at both this year. They are well-scripted and well-planned out. They dont want any untoward speeches, he said in a July 14 interview. Nothing horrific has happened at a convention that has caused a candidate to win or lose since 1968. What we dont know now, he added, is this year, because of the unpredictable nature of the election, what could happen inside and outside the convention, like mass demonstrations planned in Cleveland, and how that will affect the election. Millions watch the conventions and the speeches made by the candidates, Madonna said, so demonstrations and how they are handled could have an impact. The conventions are not likely to make a difference, but all bets are off this year, Madonna said. There has been some talk of a rules change at the GOP convention to unbind the delegates bound to vote for Trump on the first ballot, but given what Ive seen now, the platform rules committee will not change the rules, he said. People think Trump is likely to be more presidential at the convention. my latest blog postAt the Democratic convention, there are some Sanders supporters who are not in the Hillary camp, Madonna said. Several have received demonstration permits, but if theyre orderly, I dont see an effect.
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