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How Conventions Came to Be

How did political conventions get started? How did they begin? Dick Morris relates the story behind the first conventions, and the pivotal role played by Andrew Jackson in persuading the parties to adopt conventions as their chief mechanism for nominating presidential candidates.  In the early years of the nation, these candidates were selected by congressional caucuses.

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In related news as the Republicans open their 2012 convention in Tampa, Reason.TV’s Kennedy says the delegates should just skip the speeches and go party at Tampa’s renowned strip clubs — thus, showing support for “capitalism at its finest.”

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