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Political science professor explains political conventions

During each convention, the party will officially nominate a presidential candidate. (Source:WALB) During each convention, the party will officially nominate a presidential candidate. (Source:WALB)
Roger Marietta, Political Science Professor (Source:WALB) Roger Marietta, Political Science Professor (Source:WALB)
The parties will also officially nominate their vice presidential candidates. (Source:WALB) The parties will also officially nominate their vice presidential candidates. (Source:WALB)
The Republican National Convention is up first in Cleveland. (Source:WALB) The Republican National Convention is up first in Cleveland. (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With the recent shootings and protests happening around the country, many people are wondering what will happen outside of both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

WALB News 10’s Zach Logan sat down with Roger Marietta, a political science professor at Darton State University, to get a better understanding of the political conventions.

“The focus on the conventions is the demonstrators, the level of violence of the demonstrators, and how crazy they might be…” Marietta said.

With so much focus on what’s to take place outside of the conventions, it’s important to remember what’ll take place inside.

Marietta says that each party is focused on achieving four goals during the conventions: nominating a presidential candidate and a vice presidential candidate, proving the party’s platform, and developing rules for what the party hopes to accomplish in the next four years.

“And there’s always a pep rally. I mean today it’s mostly pep rally,” Marietta added.

A number of government officials, celebrities, and other supporters are scheduled to speak at the conventions.

With each convention lasting a few days, Marietta told WALB News 10 that he doesn’t think people will be glued to their television screens.

“I think we’re all channel surfers. I see people tuning in to these conventions for a few minutes at a time. And maybe if they know a speaker in advance they may say ‘Oh, I want to see that guy, or that person, or that woman,’” Marietta said.

The Republican National Convention is set to take place in Cleveland on Monday, July 18, 2016, while the Democratic National Convention will take place a week later in Philadelphia.

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