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DNC and RNC 2020

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On August 17-20, 2020, the Democratic National Convention took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Notable speakers included: Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, and more.

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  • Writing: Describe the differences in tone, style, and messaging that existed in both the RNC speeches and the DNC speeches. Despite your political leaning, which were the most powerful and effective for the DNC? For the RNC? Why?
  • Debate: Given our polarized country, national conventions are no longer effective but rather serve as an echo chamber for those loyal to their own parties.
  • Poll:  Should national conventions remain as a virtual event to reallocate funds elsewhere?
  • Short Answer: Who was not present at either the DNC or RNC events that surprised you?

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