Newt Gingrich

Former House Speaker; Chairman of Gingrich 360

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Pay close attention to both nominating conventions

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Newt Gingrich

Former House Speaker; Chairman of Gingrich 360

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The Republican National Convention will be held in Milwaukee from July 15 to 18, where former President Donald Trump is expected to be formally chosen as the party’s nominee for the 2024 election. The Democrats will gather in Chicago from Aug. 19 to 22, where Democratic leaders say they will reaffirm their support for President Joe Biden.

Watch the above video as Straight Arrow News contributor Newt Gingrich explains why it is so important this year to watch both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.


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The following is an excerpt from the above video:

I’ve been to many conventions in my career, and I like going to them, because on each side, Democrat and Republican, people come from all over America. You see old friends you may not have seen since the last convention, you get a chance to find out what’s happening in their neighborhood, what do folks think back home, what’s going on, and you come together for a common purpose.

Each of the two great parties has a tradition of defining itself on a platform, and I think the platforms this year are going to be very interesting. And if you really want to know, you can put together the two side by side, because you’ll be able to get both of them online, and you’ll see how really different the two futures are based on who wins.

On the Republican side, of course, we intend to nominate Donald J. Trump, former president of the United States, and the first former president who really has a good chance to become the next president since Grover Cleveland did it in 1888. So it’s going to be pretty fascinating to watch and see, and you’ll be watching history in the making.

On the Democratic side, you’re gonna have a chance to see President Biden, in effect, given the chance to lead his party one more time. And these conventions become a symbolic moment where the party talks to itself, and talks to the country, where different factions come together and they argue out what should be in the platform, what they should stand for, what it’s really all about.

I hope you’ll take some time to watch the upcoming Republican convention. And for that matter, to watch the Democratic Convention in August, I think you’ll find them remarkably different places with dramatic, remarkably different messages. Conventions really matter. I’ve been to many conventions in my career. And I like going to, because of in each side, Democrat and Republican, people come from all over America, you see, old friends, you may not have seen since the last convention, you get a chance to find out what’s happening in their neighborhood. What do folks think back home, what’s going on, and you come together for a common purpose. Each of the two great parties has a tradition of defining itself in a platform. And I think the platforms this year, are going to be very interesting. And if you really want to know, you can put together the two side by side. And then because you’ll be able to get both of them online. And you’ll see how really different the two futures are based on who wins. On the Republican side, of course, we intend to nominate Donald J. Trump, former president knighted states, and the first pres former president, who really has a good chance to become the next president, since Grover Cleveland did it in 1888. So it’s going to be pretty fascinating to watch and see, and you’ll be watching history in the making. On the Democratic side, you’re gonna have a chance to see President Biden, in effect, given the chance to lead his party one more time. And these conventions become a symbolic moment where the party talks to itself, and talks to the country where different factions come together. And they argue out what should be in the platform, what they should stand for, what it’s really all about. I think this is a very important time. And I think this year, is an extraordinarily important election. We’re at an enormous Crossroads as a country, and we’re going to make some very big decisions about where we’re going in the future, and what kind of country our children and grandchildren are going to inherit. And that’s why I encourage you to take some time, and watch some of the proceedings, both in the Democratic and the Republican conventions, to get a flavor for what’s happening. Because this is the history of our country. It’s the history of our time, and it will directly affect you and your family. I think it’s an exciting time, I’m certainly gonna be paying attention to both conventions. Obviously, as Republican, I’ll be a little more enthusiastic for what goes on in Milwaukee, and for what’s going to go on later on in Chicago. But as somebody who has been studying politics and working in politics, for my entire lifetime, I’m fascinated with how the American people evolve, how their parties evolve, how we talk to ourselves, way beyond talk radio or television or social media. We have ways of gradually finding a path forward. And that’s made us an amazing country for a very long time. So I hope you’ll take some time and join your country as it talks to itself.

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