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An Emmy-winning producer and a longtime political strategist and media consultant will stage the Democrats' 2008 convention in Denver. The pairing, announced Monday, is meant to match production and political experience for the Aug. 25-28 political extravaganza.
Ricky Kirshner has produced every Democratic national convention since 1996. Most recently, he produced the 2007 Super Bowl halftime. Mark Squier has worked with Democratic candidates for more than 25 years and has produced ads for more than 20 U.S. senators.
In telephone interviews, both producers expressed a desire to showcase the Intermountain West and recent political successes Democrats have enjoyed here. "We have a success story in the West. That's a story that really needs to be told," Squier said, citing Democratic victories in governors' offices in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana and Wyoming.