Convention and qualifying highlight the week in politics
Posted on 7/17/2016 3:22:00 AM.

It’s a big week in politics with the Republican National Convention and qualifying for the federal elections. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Donald Trump’s acceptance speech as the Republican nominee on Thursday night is the most anticipated speech of the year. He says you never know what side of Trump you will get.

“Is he going to use this speech to make kind of common cause with broad currents in the Republican party, is he going to break away a little bit from the maverick mold, is he going to double down on being a very different kind of candidate?”

Cross says the Republican Party is not completely united behind Donald Trump but they’re more and more on their way. He says there are significant members of the party that are not happy with the Donald.

“It remains to be seen if his vice presidential choice will in fact bind those elements of the Republican Party more closely to his candidacy.”

Qualifying for federal elections in Louisiana begins on Wednesday. Cross says the field for the US Senate race and Congressional races will be set and will know exactly who will be on the ballot.

“It’s a sprint to the finish where as we’ve seen some activity with fundraising, meeting with potential donors, meeting with groups and so on up until now. Now you’re going to see these candidates out there every day.”

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