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2008 Republican National Convention

Official Logo of the 2008 Republican National Convention
Date September 1 – September 4
Venue Xcel Energy Center
City Saint Paul, Minnesota
Presidential Nominee John McCain of Arizona


Vice Presidential Nominee TBD of TBD

The 2008 Republican National Convention will take place at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota from September 1 until September 4, 2008.[1] The first day of the Republican convention will be Labor Day, the last day of the popular Minnesota State Fair.

This is the latest any major party convention has ever been convened,[2] and the first one to take place entirely in September. Traditionally, the party who holds the White House has the opportunity to select the date of its convention second, and normally the challenging party holds their convention in July while the incumbent party holds its convention in August. This year, later dates were chosen for both conventions since the Democrats wanted to schedule their convention after the 2008 Summer Olympics ended, and the Republicans wanted to keep the political and financial advantages of going second.[3]

The attending delegates at the convention will choose and nominate the Republican Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates for the 2008 Presidential election.

1,191 pledged delegates are necessary for a candidate to win the nomination.


Hosting city selection

Four cities made bids to the Republican National Committee for proposals to host the 2008 Convention. Those cities were Cleveland, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, New York City, and Tampa-St. Petersburg. The RNC Selection Committee made its recommendation for Minneapolis-Saint Paul and on September 27, 2006, the RNC made its decision public that the 2008 National Convention would be held in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota.[1] The RNC made their decision earlier than originally scheduled due to the fact the Democratic National Committee also had Minneapolis-Saint Paul as a finalist among bidding cities. (After the RNC’s selection the DNC removed Minneapolis-Saint Paul from consideration which left only two cities to choose from, New York City and Denver, Colorado). This is the second time the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area is holding the Republican convention—the first one was held in 1892.

Political significance

Minnesota and neighboring states Wisconsin and Iowa are seen as potential political battlegrounds. Minnesota and Wisconsin each have 10 electoral votes.

Minnesota has not gone to the Republicans since 1972 when President Richard Nixon won every state except the District of Columbia and Massachusetts. In 1984, Ronald Reagan was victorious over Minnesota favorite son Walter Mondale in all states except Minnesota and the District of Columbia.


Since the U.S. Constitution limits the president to two terms and Vice President Dick Cheney has stated that he will not seek the Presidency, the 2008 election will be the first election in 80 years in which neither the sitting President nor Vice President will seek his party’s nomination, and the first since 1952 in which neither the sitting President nor Vice President will be on the ticket.

On March 26, the National Football League, NBC, and the Republican National Committee agreed in principle to move the kickoff time of the Washington Redskins-New York Giants football game to 7:00 pm EDT instead of 8:30 pm EDT to accommodate the 2008 Republican National Convention. The annual kickoff game will begin the 2008 NFL season.[4]

Delegate count

Main article: Results of the 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries

To be nominated, a candidate must receive 1,191 delegates. As of March 4, John McCain has received the pledges of more than 1,191 delegates[5][6]. However, most of those delegates are not bound [7], though he is considered by most news organizations to be the presumptive nominee.


Several groups have been preparing to protest the upcoming convention.[8] In early January 2008, protesters marched from the Minnesota State Capitol to the Xcel Center in hopes of securing a protest permit.[9] The Saint Paul police authorized the event, but only approved the permit through July.

On February 8 and February 9, 2008 anti-war protesters attended a weekend conference at the University of Minnesota to discuss the protest and anti-war rally.[10]

On February 28, 2008 the Associated Press reported that the Saint Paul Police Department adopted new guidelines for the investigation of protest groups. The police department said that this did not have anything to do with the convention.[11]

In early March 2008, the city of Saint Paul gave the first permits to protest organizers.[12] The city has said that it is not going to follow the “New York model” for protest security, referring to the tactics New York City Police used for the 2004 Republican National Convention.[13] Later on March 24 the anti-war group the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War, sued the city, claiming their free speech and due process rights were denied by the vagueness of the permits which did not specify a permitted route for their march.[14] On July 16, the federal judge upheld the terms of the permit.[15] The specified route was announced in May of 2008, giving protesters an unprecedented three months to plan their protest. However the Coalition group is again considering legal action to change to a preferred route after their proposal was rejected by the City Council.[16]

See also

  • 2008 Democratic National Convention
  • Republican Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2008
  • Republican National Convention


  1. ^ a b “RNC Site Selection Committee To Recommend Minneapolis – St. Paul For 2008 Republican National Convention”. Republican National Committee (2006-09-27). Retrieved on 2007-06-14.
  2. ^ “About the 2008 Republican National Convention”. 2008 Republican National Convention official website. Retrieved on 2008-12-28.
  3. ^ “2008 Conventions Will Be Days Apart”. New York Times (2006-04-06). Retrieved on 2008-12-28.
  4. ^ NFL season opener yields to McCain speech | Sports | Reuters
  5. ^ “Republican Delegate Count”.
  6. ^ “CNN Republican Primary Scorecard”.
  8. ^ MPR: Peace activists, radicals plotting protests for GOP convention
  9. ^ – Protesters warm up for convention in Saint Paul
  10. ^ – Protesters Making Plans In Minn. For RNC ’08
  11. ^ MPR: St. Paul police adopt new guidelines ahead of RNC
  12. ^ – RNC Protesters Not Happy About Marching Routes
  13. ^ village voice news Runnin’ Scared: Minnesota Cops Promise a Kinder, Gentler RNC by Sean Gardiner
  14. ^ MPR: RNC protest group sues city of St. Paul
  15. ^ Furst, Randy (2008-07-16). “Federal judge rules against RNC protesters”, Star Tribune, The Star Tribune Company. Retrieved on 2008-08-09. 
  16. ^ by Toni Randolph (2008-05-22). “RNC protesters consider court action”, Minnesota Public Radio. 

External links

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