Local residents respond to the impact of political conventions

Published On: Sep 05 2012 04:37:35 AM PDT   Updated On: Sep 05 2012 10:41:31 AM PDT
Convention Reax
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Political conventions have been going on since the 1800s, but do they really make a difference?

The Republicans hoped theirs did. Mitt Romney spoke last week to the convention audience, saying, "You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president, when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him."

Now the Democrats take the spotlight, with first lady Michelle Obama making a pitch for her husband.

"So in the end, for Barack, these issues aren't political - they're personal," she said.

Spokanite Dean Lynch is an elected delegate at the Democratic National Convention for the 5th Congressional District. He's one of seven local delegates at the convention.
"The energy in the room was fabulous and people were really excited and fired up," he said of the first night of the convention.

But are people in Spokane turning on the TV to watch?

"I haven't been watching actually I have been too busy," Spokane resident Kris Lamberson said.

"I've watched most of the Republican Convention and just listened to a bit of the Democratic Convention," Spokane resident Josh Soenher said.

TV viewership for the RNC convention was down from 2008. A Gallup poll found that last week's Republican Convention had "minimal impact on Americans' voting intentions."

"I think for the majority they don't make a big difference there's probably a small segment maybe some independents that they possibly will help sway them one way or the other but most of the time they have their minds made up," Soenher said.

"I think it makes a difference there is a lot of big issues that they are looking at right now whether it's the economy or health care," Spokane resident Doug Bird said.

Whether you are watching or not, the election is 62 days away.