Republican National Convention: Do Voters Care?

With the 40th Republican National Convention in full swing, the big question is: will you be watching?

Or, more importantly, do you even care about the political workings going on down in Florida?

The national conventions fire up people who already have a political preference, and while they don't typically win over any new voters, if you live in a battle state like Iowa you might want to pay attention to these conventions.

Dr. David Wiltse, an Assistant Political Science Professor at Briar Cliff, isn't surprised if you don't know, or even care, about the Republican National Convention.

"It's only the people who are political junkies," said Dr. Wiltse.

But should you be watching?

Deb Fischer spoke for a few minutes Tuesday afternoon, she's running against Bob Kerrey for a U.S. Senate Seat in Nebraska.

"We only have two options left," said Fischer at the Convention Tuesday. "We can either continue the same, failed policies of the past, or we can begin to make the tough decisions and lead our country responsibly."

Fischer's time in the spotlight was brief, but it'll probably help her campaign.

"It raises a persons standing, both within the state and with the national party," said Dr. Wiltse.

South Dakota Senator John Thune speaks Wednesday night, but why does he get prime time while Fischer doesn't?

"Don't be surprised if somebody like Thune winds up in the potential pool of candidates for President in an election cycle or two." said Dr. Wiltse.

While the republicans are convening, President Obama's campaigning in Iowa.

He was in Ames Tuesday, and he'll stop in Sioux City and Des Moines later in the week.

"Iowa's going to be an area where we're going to see the candidates working," said Dr. Wiltse. "For themselves and the people in their parties that are on the ticket."

If you're more interested in the democratic side of things, that party's national convention will be September 4th through the 6th in Charlotte, North Carolina.