As political conventions take place, some local residents shrug

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By Jack Ritchey
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Some Lansing area voters aren’t sure the recent Republican and Democratic National Conventions matter much to people here.

Ryan Bock, a history senior at Michigan State University, says he doesn’t think the conventions have a big effect unless they’re a complete disaster.

“I think the main purpose of the conventions is the ceremony and the opportunity to have rising stars in the party speak and to get the base behind the election,” Bock, 21, said. “The goal is basically the same for both parties: get some good coverage, a couple nice speeches and get the voters watching fire up about whoever the nominee is.”

The Republican National Convention was held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 18 to 21, with its Democratic counterpart taking place in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28.

Bock also had an interesting take on the nominees and the unity of their respective parties.

“I think funnily enough, both (Republican nominee Donald) Trump and Hillary (Clinton, the Democratic nominee) are splitting their own parties but helping to unify each other’s, which I think mostly is going to balance out.”

In the latest CNN/ORC poll, Trump leads Clinton nationally by three points.

Amid some controversies such as a delegate revolt and accusations of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech aimed at Melania Trump, Donald Trump secured the Republican Party’s nomination for president with Indiana Governor Mike Pence getting the same for vice president.

Other speech themes from the convention included what needs to be done about terrorism, immigration, jobs and bashing of Clinton.

In his speech on the final night, Donald Trump said, “My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: ‘I’m With Her,’ I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads: ‘I’m with you — the American people.'”

Though the theme of the Democratic convention is “United Together,” the convention opened amid yet another email scandal. Around 20,000 emails were released on WikiLeaks suggesting that the Democratic National Committee allegedly favored Clinton over Bernie Sanders during primary season, doing everything in their power to assure the former won the nomination.

Despite this, as well as temperatures in the 90s in Philly, history was made Tuesday night as Clinton secured the Democratic nomination for president, the first woman ever to be nominated in the United States by a major political party.

Former president Bill Clinton’s speech at the convention suggested that his wife was better suited to bring change than her Republican opponent.

“Life in the real world is complicated, and real change is hard,” he said. “She is the best darn change-maker I have ever known.”

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