Political Conventions have been around for more than 200 years. In the past, however, these conventions were significantly different from the ones seen today. Before widespread technology, nobody knew who the nominated presidential candidate of either party would be until the convention. Nowadays, with our 24 hour news cycle and vast collection of information, we knew that GOP candidate, Mitt Romney, and President Barack Obama would most likely be nominated for President months before it actually happened. The conventions of the past were also used for actual political debates between prospective candidates as well as prominent members of the respective political party. Today, conventions have been stripped of most of the events that the first ones did, including these debates, and that has made them into a marketing tool as well as a Democrat or Republican pep rally. One event in political conventions that has lasted through the centuries is the stating of each party’s platform, which is a document stating the aims and principles of a political party. Today, that is considered to be one of the main purposes of both the Republican and Democrat National Conventions.
Now, onto the campaign trail. After a lackluster performance by the president in the first debate, Mitt Romney climbed back into the polls, and the election is expected to be much closer than originally thought. The most recent presidential debate on the 16th was narrowly won by President Barack Obama, but has not initially done much to convince undecided voters to vote for him. A month ago, Obama was leading Romney by more than 9 points, according to a Pew Research Center Poll. Now, the election is seen as a near draw. There is still a chance for either candidate to pull ahead in this year’s election, and that chance will present itself in the third and final presidential debate, in Boca Raton, Florida, on October 23rd. It should be a very exciting climax to both candidate’s major campaigns.