April 5, 2012
Saint Francis University is making preparations for its fourteenth Mock National Convention which will be held on Sunday, April 15, in the DeGol Arena at 1:00 p.m.
The keynote address will be given by former Congressman Bud Shuster of the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Other prominent members of the GOP will also be on hand. To date, State Senator John Eichelberger, former State Senator Robert Jubelirer, and State Representative Mike Fleck have accepted invitations to address the “delegates.” The four active Republican candidates, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich have been invited as well.
Students originated the idea of holding a Mock National Convention at Saint Francis University in 1960, and the event has become a campus and community tradition. The Convention is held every four years, and it is staged for the party that is currently not holding the presidency. As such, SFU’s 2012 Mock Convention will be a Republican one.
The Mock Convention is designed to resemble the Republican National Convention that will be held in Tampa, Florida in August. Students from Saint Francis University, other colleges, and area high schools will act as campaign managers, state delegation chairmen, and state delegates. The delegates will hear speeches, adopt a party platform, and nominate a presidential and vice-presidential candidate. The delegates will be “unpledged,” free to select the nominees they prefer. Will the preferences of the Mock Convention delegates be reflected by the Republican Party this summer? Time will tell. Much like actual conventions, SFU Mock Conventions can be quite exuberant. Signs, banners, posters, music, and enthusiasm will be on display.
The public is invited to attend. Prior knowledge and experience is not needed. Don’t miss out on the action. Don’t miss out on the fun. You might even learn something about the issues, the candidates, the campaign, and the process as you prepare to vote. We hope you will be able to join us on April 15!
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