Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Convention schedule taking form

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The below information is from late July.
Hints are starting to come out about some specifics of the convention schedule.

First, as we noted yesterday, Terry McAuliffe hinted that Hillary Clinton would speak on Tuesday.

Now, comes some unofficial confirmation as CBS news announces their convention coverage plans:

Based on the preliminary schedules for the conventions, CBS News plans three hours of live coverage in prime time, anchored by Couric, for each convention, including the acceptance speeches: Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Thursday, Aug. 28 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT each night) from each site in Denver and Tuesday, Sept. 2, through Thursday, Sept. 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT each night) from St. Paul.
If Clinton speaks on Tuesday, it's likely the Keynote speaker will be on Monday, without broadcast network coverage. Of course, the Keynote speaker is no longer a big event at a political convention. I mean, who can even name the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic Convention?

With Obama speaking on Thursday, we only have the following major events to be scheduled:
  • Presidential nominating speeches and Roll Call. One reporter on a sunday talk show suggested they schedule this for the morning. That's unlikely, but I wonder if the don't schedule it to end at 6:30 EST on Wednesday, so that they have a great convention demonstration celebrating the nomination of Obama just as the network news shows go on the air.
  • VP nominating speech. A Roll Call is unlikely.
  • VP speech - Wednesday night? I don't think this has ever been done before. Or, the more usual, Thursday night, as a warm-up act. A little research shows the VP speech for the Dems has been given on Wednesday since 1996. It was on Thursday in 1992 and earlier.
  • U2?
  • Bruce?