Chapter 13 Section 5
Objective: To understand how the
national conventions operate
A. The convention setting
1. Party conventions meet in large
auditoriums, with seating arranged by
2. Large areas of the hall are reserved
for spectators and the media.
B. The Opening Session
1. Conventions run for about four days
with one or two sessions per day.
2. At the opening session, temporary
convention officials are chosen and
welcoming speeches are given.
C. The Second and Third
1. At these meetings, permanent
convention officials are chosen,
credentials of delegates are examined,
rules are adopted, and the party
platform is debated.
2. The platform is an important
document that states the party’s
position on key issues…(impact on
D. The Final Session
1. In the final sessions, nominations are
made and balloting proceeds.
2. Once the candidate has been
selected, the Vice-Presidential nominee
is named and the candidate makes his
or her acceptance speech.
E. Whom does the Party
1. Incumbent Presidents almost always get
another nomination if they want it.
2. In order to win their party’s nomination,
candidates must have considerable political
experience and popularity.
3. Historically, nominations have gone to
white male protestants who have been
governors or senators…VPs and Secretaries
of State also get the nod.