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Democracy in Action at Party Conventions

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

With election season in full swing, the Republican and Democratic parties hosted their national conventions this summer in order to officially nominate their choices for President and Vice President of the United States. The Republicans held their convention in Tampa, Fla., from Aug. 27-30 and nominated W. Mitt Romney for president and Paul Ryan for vice president. The Democrats held their convention in Charlotte, N.C., from Sept.4-6 and nominated President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.

Several members of the University of San Diego community attended the conventions this summer. Below are thoughts on the experience.

With chants of “Hey, Mitt! Get out the way,” over five hundred Occupy protesters took to the streets of Tampa today, and I was right in the middle of the action. My fieldwork assignment with Talk Radio News Service sends interns out to find stories, record video, and write articles for their website. While the amount of responsibility given to us is a lot of pressure, it is also very exciting. I was given a great opportunity today to be part of the activity surrounding the convention and to witness firsthand what, in the words of the protesters, “democracy looks like.” — Libby Jelinek '13, USD student

The energy inside the arena in Charlotte was electric from the first moment the stage came to life. All around the arena, the positive energy enveloped me, and gave me a renewed sense of hope that the country was not only on the right path, but that the successes of the past four years were only the beginning. I felt part of a greater whole, one that doesn’t see race, sexuality or gender, but that celebrates the person and their contribution to our great nation and a dedication to social justice. — Melissa Wagoner, director of Media Relations, Office of Public Affairs

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