Friday, July 5, 2013

Radioactive: 2020 Republican National Convention

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
Milwaukee, Wisconsin  -  Day 1 (August 7, 2020)
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The RNC has kicked off with the first ballot and a speech from 2016 Republican presidential nominee Senate Minority Leader Kelly Ayotte. The first ballot went as expected from the conclusion of the primaries, with Rubio winning just under 1,000 delegates, Cruz in second place by less than 100 delegates and Brown in third. The convention was noted as being fairly energetic, and no proverbial blood was spilled between factions.



Before candidates were able to go on the floor to negotiate with delegates, 2016 nominee Minority Leader Kelly Ayotte addressed the convention. She stated that it would be devastating to allow a third Democratic president to be elected to the White House, and that the GOP needed to set its house in order if it wanted to have a decent shot at victory. She made a call for a nomination on the second ballot, saying that one of the candidates has to make a compromise, like hundreds of politicians before them had to do. She recieved a standing ovation on her way off the stage, and some people chanting Ayotte 2020, but all she did was briefly turn around ans wave before exitijg the stage. It is unlikely that her goal of a second ballot nominee will be reached. Brown has recieved numerous calls to drop out, but he has stated that he is fighting until the bitter end and he does not want to isolate his voter base.
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BREAKING NEWS
NO MAJORITY ON SECOND BALLOT


The second ballot results have just been released, and ANN can confirm no candidate has recieved a majority of delegates. Rubio was able to convince the delegations from Oregon, Alaska, and New Jersey to vote for him, but he lost the delegation from Iowa to Cruz. Cruz also gained Wisconsin from Brown. Rubio has been pushed over the 1,000 mark, but is still over 100 delegates away from securing a majority. Cruz and Brown are also still very much in the race, despite Brown having a net loss of delegates. Some in the Brown camp have proposed Brown concede the race and endorse Rubio under the agreement that Brown would become his running mate, but both Brown and Rubio have stated that situation is not an option.

As of now, Cruz is entering talks with delegations from Indiana, Nebraska, and Georgia. All eyes have turned to the northeastern delegations. As Brown begins to lose momentum, Rubio and Cruz have been trying very hard to pry the states away from Brown and into their camp. The next ballot will not occur until tommorow, so be sure to tune in to ANN to get up to the minute updates on this neck and neck race to the candidacy.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin  -  Day 2 (August 8, 2020)
Welcome to ANN’s coverage of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. In 10 minutes, the third ballot will be held, and it is looking like Rubio and Cruz will make decent ground. Cruz has been working hard to flip states with significant Tea Party presences that voted for Rubio, such as Indiana, Nebraska and Georgia. Rubio is trying to crack the northeast, which has remained solidly loyal to Brown so far. All of the candidates were up late last night campaigning and up early this morning to prepare for the third ballot. It is looking like this will be another long day.
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BREAKING NEWS
STILL NO MAJORITY ON THIRD BALLOT



The third ballot has just been concluded, and ANN can confirm that there is still no majority of delegates. Rubio is now less than 100 short of a majority with a victory over Brown in Minnesota. However, Cruz won over the Indiana convention which allowed him to prevent Rubio from receiving a majority. Rubio has stated that he will continue to work towards victory, and has also said that there can only be one victor, so somebody else needs to give up the fight for the sake of the party. However, Cruz or Brown have not made any gestures at the moment to indicate that they are ready to drop out. Plenty of proposals to make compromise between the candidates have failed so far, but they might seem more and more favorable with the fourth ballot approaching.
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And ANN can announce a huge piece of news from the Republican National Convention. Governor Brown has suspended his campaign for President and endorsed Rubio for the nomination. Brown addressed the convention, saying that he wanted to fight to represent the people who searched for sanity and moderation in the Republican Party, but that at this point it was clear that he was not going to win the nomination with a dwindling delegate count each ballot. He said that Rubio, despite their differences and disagreements, is the best person still left to represent the GOP in the general election.

Ted Cruz has already fired up his campaign. He has slammed Rubio on not being able to defeat an “ideologically weak candidate,” and has made waves with the Nebraska, North Dakota, and Georgia delegates. If he flips those states, then Rubio will be cheated yet again out of a majority. Rubio has asked Cruz to step down, for the sake of the party, and that the convention will drag on for far too long if Cruz keeps fighiting. The next hour before the fourth ballot will be absolutely critical for the GOP.
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Minutes before the fourth ballot, the Rubio and Cruz campaigns have made an unprecedented agreement. In exchange for Cruz suspending his campaigning on the convention floor, he will receive the VP nomination with Rubio as presidential nominee. After it was announced to the crowd that this agreement was made, there was an audible mix of cheering and booing from the crowd from ardent Cruz and Rubio supporters. This agreement is rather unprecedented, and it comes as somewhat of a surprise to ANN. Rubio has stated that he was vouching for party unity, and if a Rubio/Cruz ticket was what it took to happen, that that was what would happen. Barring a major catastrophe, Rubio will receive a majority of delegates on the fourth ballot.

Vocal critics and supporters of the ticket have been quick to come out. A visibly frustrated Governor Brown stated “What does Rubio think he is doing? He could have won without the help of Cruz if he just kept up his campaign. I am now starting to regret my decision to endorse him.” This tops the list of bad blood created between Rubio and Brown this election season. Ayotte has stated that she commends Rubio for making the hard choice to compromise, and that he has shown himself worthy for the presidency through this move.
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BREAKING NEWS
RUBIO CONFIRMED AS GOP NOMINEE ON FOURTH BALLOT




As the fourth ballot concludes, we can confirm that Rubio will be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee and that Cruz will be the VP nominee. A visibly agitated convention left after the ballot with little cheering or booing, leaving the Republican Party visibly beaten after a day of division and compromise. Rubio and Cruz will make their acceptance speeches tomorrow, and if the Republican Party wants to come out of this convention as strong as the Democrats, they will have to make stunning speeches tomorrow. Thank you for staying tuned to ANN over the course of this contentious day in Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin  -  Day 3 (August 9, 2020)

In his acceptance speech for the Vice Presidental nominee, Ted Cruz has stated that he is ecstatic Rubio was able to see his potential and that Rubio has shown that he is presidential material through him being the first one to propose a solution instead of just going on fighting. He stated that if elected, he would try as hard as possible to govern a traditional America, like our forefathers wanted. Cruz recieved a decent amount of applause, and his placement on the ticket has placated the Tea Party, and they have placed their full support behind the Rubio/Cruz ticket rather than being tempted to split off or vote for the Consititution Party.

Rubio's presidential nominee acceptance speech elicited much more excitement from the crowd. He thanked everybody that stood beside his campaign, and he also thanked Cruz for being willing to give up his campaign and compromise for the sake of the party. He emphasized that the party must move out of the convention stronger than it came in, and that they must move for the sake of America in order to prevent 16 years of a Democrat in the White House. He made little reference to policy change in his speech, mostly just more superficial concepts, like unity. He recieved a standing ovation on his way out, but it is yet to be seen if these speeches drummed up enough support to bring them back to electoral competitiveness.
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BREAKING NEWS
CONVENTION PUTS TEXAS IN GOP COLUMN


As a result of the RNC, Texas has filed into the GOP collumn after being polling as a toss up all season. This likely comes as a result of finally wrapping up dissatisfied Texas conservatives with one of their own on the ticket. This gives a much needed boost to the GOP campaign (not to mention a slight lead within margin of error in Indiana), but they are still nearly 100 EV's short of the Democrat's current total. Now, we officially kick off general election season. The debates, as stated before are really likely to be the event that will make or break this election.

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