What Happens At The Republican And Democratic Conventions, Day By Day
From the keynote speech to the party platform to each nominee's big moment, here's what to look for at the party conventions.By Zach Toombs | July 16, 2016
It's not all about confetti and balloons. Every four years, each political party meets and chooses a platform and a president — or at least a nominee.
Most Americans see them in short bursts on TV, especially on the last night, when the nominees give their big speeches. But a lot happens before that — and only some of it shows up on prime-time.
Delegates get the behind-the-scenes work done: about 2,500 at the Republican National Convention; about 4,700 at the Democratic convention. They help with the party platform — basically a document that says what the party believes, like a $15 minimum wage or renegotiating trade policies. A committee writes it up, then the delegates vote to approve or amend.