Candidates at the Convention
didn’t go to nominating conventions before 1932. Franklin
Delano Roosevelt flew to Chicago in that year to accept the Democratic
nomination in person. It has been part of the American political
tradition since then for the candidate to make a personal appearance
at the convention.
candidate is chosen near the close of the convention. A great deal
of thought to selecting a running mate is given by the candidate
for President and the party leaders. The party usually wants to
have a “balanced ticket.” This means the party wants
two candidates who come from different backgrounds.
may be from the East, the other from the West or South. One candidate
may have been a Governor, the other a Senator. One candidate may
come from a poor family, the other from a wealthy family. Candidates
may practice different religions. A political party hopes to appeal
to more voters by selecting candidates who differ in some way.
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