Accepting the Nomination

Sean Smyth
Mon May 24 05:05:21 EDT 2004

A. Joseph Ross writes:
> In covering the story about the possibility that John Kerry 
> may delay accepting the 
> nomination until several weeks after the convention, I 
> haven't, so far, heard anyone in the 
> media mention the fact that the candidate's acceptance speech 
> at a political convention is 
> actually a recent innovation, begun by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

What I've heard no one else mention, other than Tim Russert on Meet the
Press, is the fact that if Kerry doesn't accept the nomination the event
pretty much loses all its newsworthy value; apparently Republicans have said
they will demand equal time of "political rallies" if that's the case.

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