Iowans to Watch the RNC on the First Full Day

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


By Rachel Begle

CEDAR RAPIDS - Tuesday marks the first full day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa after GOP party leaders cancelled most events on opening day due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is scheduled to speak. She'll give the Roll Call of the States on Tuesday. Other speakers include House Speaker John Boehner, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Ann Romney.

By the end of the convention, delegates will officially nominate their presidential pick. Mitt Romney is the presumptive winner, even though Ron Paul will have some delegates at the event.

Coe College Political Science professor Bruce Nesmith said party leaders wants to be in the position of knowing which candidate will get the support by the end of the convention. In a close race like this one, they don't want any uncertainty.

According to Nesmith, conventions provide the chance to talk to the public without any distractions.

"They do offer the parties the opportunity to get the message to the public in a way that's pretty unfiltered and there's not a lot of noise from the other party and this is really about the only time they have a chance to do that,” Nesmith said.

Nesmith said other speeches during the campaign period get a lot of criticism, making it hard to effectively communicate a clear message. Romney will get deliver his speech to supporters on Thursday night. GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan will speak on Wednesday.

Many political science students at Coe College in Cedar Rapids are tuning in throughout the convention. The convention often activates the party, both old and young.

Coe Student, Hayden Sherwood, will listen to as much of it as he can when he's not in class. He's the chair of the Coe College Republicans. Sherwood said his organization was working to get students out to vote.

"I think it's huge. It was huge in 2008. Obama go the young vote in 2008 and I think it will be huge again. I think now a lot of people kind of have seen what Obama has done since 2008 and is kind of disillusioned with his message, his message of hope and change,” Sherwood said.

The Republican National Convention runs through Thursday. The Democratic National Convention begins on Thursday, September 6. That’s when President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will officially accept the party’s nomination.
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