If campaigns are truly about getting a message out to the public, the national party conventions are like flashing neon billboards put up near every exit along the highway. Both parties get a few days to be the center of attention nationwide and send their messages directly to their supporters — and, they hope — to some folks who don’t support them yet.
This is where I, again, bring up KBIA’s regular contributor to Talking Politics, Terry Smith. As a professor of political science at Columbia College, Smith gets a very interesting perspective on this each four years. He makes a point to get feedback from his students about the conventions, and especially the Presidential nominees’ acceptance speeches. For many of these students, this election cycle will be the first time they’re of age to vote, and as Smith notes in one of the commentaries, the first vote can often cast a long shadow.
What did you think of the Democratic and Republican conventions? Were they effective at promoting the nominees and their message? Did they sway your vote at all? Let us know by sending an email to submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com.