by Kelly Chau
Minneapolis-Saint Paul__My first day at Minneapolis and St. Paul was quite exciting. I even got a glimpse of the Xcel Energy Center where the 2008 Republican National Convention is going to be held. I took a tour around town after I went to go retrieve press credentials. As I looked around the town, there were numerous “Obama 08” signs planted on residents’ front yards. I saw only one “McCain For President” sign, and it was a bumper sticker on someone’s car. In addition, I spotted an “Al Franken for U.S. Senate” sign.
What does that say about the state of Minnesota? Well according to a recent from Pollster, Senator Obama is leading by seven points over Senator McCain here. But anything can change from now until November, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Denver__Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick just finished his address to the delegates at the Democratic Convention, and I think he’ll be someone to look for in coming elections. Patrick used the idea of community a lot in his speech – ending the cynicism, and coming together as Americans for a common cause. It reminded me a lot of Barack Obama’s 2004 convention speech, where Obama talked about going beyond divisions to create one America – as he said, there is not a black America and a white America, there is a United States of America. Patrick used some of the same elements in his speech. He told the story of his childhood on the south side of Chicago, where although his neighborhood was crumbling the bond between its residents was strong. Patrick talks about how if he messed up as a kid on one end of the block, his neighbor would straighten him out, then call his parents, “so you could get it twice.” Later, Patrick called on the nation to, “Join hands as Americans to elect Barack Obama President of the United States.” This idea of building a strong national community, starting with the city block, is one that could play well in urban cities and rural towns. We might see Deval Patrick run for office a bit higher than Massachusetts Governor sometime soon…
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Princella Smith is a 24-year old Republican pundit who hit the national stage big time in 2004, and will be returning to the RNC this year as Chief Advocate for American Solutions founded by Newt Gingrich. She spoke with Youth Radio’s Denise Tejada. Stay tuned for more from Princella and other stories from in and around the Xcel Center next week.
On the morning of August 29 at a campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio, presidential hopeful John McCain pulled a Walter Mondale by selecting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, doing it GOP style. By choosing Governor Palin, the McCain camp hopes this decision would sway the bitter Hillary Clinton supporters into voting for Senator McCain.
Sarah Palin is not the typical Republican. In a 1984, Palin came in second in the Miss Alaska beauty pagent, which is also the same year Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman ever to be selected as a running mate for VP choice. Her family moved to Alaska to pursue teaching shortly after her birth in Sandpoint, Idaho. She married her high school sweetheart Todd Palin in August 29, 1988 and is the mother of five.
Palin is well-liked among conservatives, something Senator McCain is struggling with. Whether she would be a great asset or not is yet to be determined. Although I will predict that she will get pounded by Joe Biden in the vice presidential debate.
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OAKLAND_Youth Radio’s RNC coverage crew is busy getting ready for the convention in St. Paul. We’re developing a series of stories that will take us in and outside the XCel Center, always–of course–with a focus on unexpected youth perspectives. One of our stories will be a profile of 24-year-old conservative advocate, Princella Smith, who broke into national politics four years ago, when she won an MTV essay contest, Stand Up and Holla. Youth Radio reporter Denise Tejada, pictured here, talked to Princella last week. Check out this sneak peek into Princella’s story–and stay tuned for Youth Radio’s marathon coverage of the RNC starting September 1st.
DENVER_Youth Radio’s Pendarvis Harshaw covered a story about young black Democrats who were hoping to make a name for themselves at the DNC.
Harshaw interviewed young black politicos under the national spotlight at the Democratic convention in the same way Barack Obama made a name for himself in 2004. Pundits from BlackPolicy Inc, based at the University of Denver, and Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin helped to host the convention as a convention co-chair, weigh in on the who’s who in young black politics.
LISTEN to Harshaw’s interview on the KCBS newsline.