Local officials preview the Republican National Convention

Experts say convention provides opportunity for Trump

The Republican National Convention begins Monday.

With the presumptive nominee Donald Trump expected to accept the nomination, some are wondering how the convention process works.

Every four years, each political party comes together to officially nominate their candidate for president.

Behind the scenes, however there is a lot of work on the party’s platform

Experts said the convention process can have a big impact going forward.

La Crosse County Republican Chair Bill Feehan said the business of the convention can actually be pretty boring.

“We start at the county level, then at the district level, and then the state level, and then we pass platforms that are the positions that we want our candidates to stand for,” Feehan said.

Despite the talk of a contested convention, Feehan said the nomination is essentially locked in.

“I think it will be very easy for Donald Trump to secure the nomination,” Feehan said.

Political expert Joe Heim said the Republican convention should unite the party.

“I think all and all, the ones that are there, they will come out of there with pretty strong unity,” Heim said. “Because frankly, they have to. Otherwise Hillary Clinton will eat their clock.”

Despite what Heim said is political theater, he said the nominee’s speech at the convention, especially in the case of Trump, could mean a big deal for his campaign.

“A lot of people really don’t know him. Everybody’s heard a lot, so his role is to turn those negatives, into a positive,” Heim said. “This is your one major chance where you’re going to have millions of people watching this speech Can he turn it around? We’ll find that out.”

Despite some influential Republican party-goers disaproval of Trump as the nominee, the party’s desire to win in November should be a driving force going into next week’s convention.

“I think there’s a strong desire amongst conservatives to see a Republican president, and to see Republican legislation,” Feehan said.

Heim said the party’s conventions also serve as a stepping stone for down-ballot candidates, such as the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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