Boehner Skeptical of Need for 4-Day Presidential Convention

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, speaks to the media during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

House Speaker John Boehner suggested the four-day convention the two parties have traditionally held to showcase their presidential nominee may be outdated, given the proliferation of the national media.

“These are very expensive propositions to put on,” Boehner told reporters at a luncheon hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in Tampa. “Given as much news as people get today and the way they get their news, I’m not sure that having a four-day convention for the future makes a lot of sense.”

Boehner spoke on what was supposed to be the first official day of the Republicans’ national convention after the festivities were cancelled due to the threat of the approaching Tropical Storm Isaac.

It is, however, up to the respective party committees to determine “whether this type of convention is worth the tremendous resources put into it,” said Boehner.

Delegates will convene today as scheduled and then recess until tomorrow.


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