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Democrats to be at Republican convention

Democrats to be at Republican convention

Delegates to the Republican National Convention who are traveling into downtown St. Paul next week will be treated to a billboard-sized welcome from the other party.
The Democratic National Committee bought billboard space to display a picture of John McCain embracing President George W. Bush with the message, "Does this look like change to you?"
"We're going to spend every day looking for every opportunity to remind voters in the Twin Cities and across the country that a vote for John McCain is a vote for George W. Bush and his failed policies," said Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the DNC.
That will include not just the billboard but posters on several bus stops that serve the Xcel Center, the site of the convention.
Joanna Burgos, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention, did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.
The Democrats also plan to distribute to reporters a multimedia press kit, which will include flash drives with an extensive catalog of McCain's record _ histories of his votes, past statements and other material the Democrats want to highlight.
A team of two dozen Democratic fact checkers will be sending out rapid responses to every Republican speaker.
In addition to the visual and multimedia cues, Democrats will hold daily press briefings in downtown St. Paul to counter the Republican message radiating from the Xcel Center. They are setting up a media center just across the street.
That's become standard procedure at the national political conventions. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential McCain vice presidential pick, is among those Republicans touting the McCain message this week at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
LaVera would not hint at which Democrats would be tapped for the St. Paul patrol, but said there would be numerous national party figures.
They will be joined at the daily press conferences by Minnesota Democratic leaders, as well as people LaVera described as "Minnesota voters" who will talk about the impact of McCain's policies.


Updated : 2021-10-20 03:36 GMT+08:00