Do the Presidential Candidates Get a Summer Break?
The 2016 primary contests are now officially over. The last one, the Washington, D.C. Democratic primary, was held on Tuesday. From now until the parties’ July conventions, when the delegates will officially vote to confirm the nominees, the presidential campaign season will be in an in-between, summer break phrase. The candidates, however, do not get much of a breathing spell. What do the campaigns do during this interlude? Here are three of the most important things.
1. Repair damage
Primary contests are bruising. All of the negativity does damage to the candidates’ images. The candidates will spend their summer breaks trying to repair the damage.
2. Unify the party
The candidates must also try to win over the members of the party who did not vote for them. The primary season features contests where party members run against one another. Not all primary voters supported the winners. The primaries can reveal splits within the party. Therefore, the summer interlude is a chance for the campaigns to get their party members to come together and support the winners.
3. Pick a running mate
The nominees must also choose a vice presidential running mate, also called the “veep” for short. The candidates will choose somebody who can help them win in November. Behind the scenes, the campaigns are vetting—or carefully examining—potential vice presidential candidates.
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Republican National Convention, July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio
Democratic National Convention, July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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