Two state party political conventions were held in Moscow this month. One was raucous, the other harmonious. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:12 )
The convention held by the Idaho Republican Party began as planned, with a Thursday speech by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who told the delegates the federal government has grown too large:
Mike Huckabee: “Our founders never believed that government would ever get that big in Washington. They would be appalled if they visited Washington, D.C. They would not go and say ‘Oh, what a magnificent city, isn’t this beautiful, why look at all this marble.’ They would go and say, ‘My gosh, what happened to our vision?'”
Friday’s schedule at the convention featured visit by Idaho Governor Butch Otter, and a speech by U.S. Senator Rand Paul.
(Idaho Gov. Butch Otter at the GOP Convention in Moscow)
But on Saturday the GOP convention ended with delegates failing to reach agreement on a party platform and failing to elect party leaders.
By contrast. the Idaho Democratic Party convened in Moscow the following weekend and approved its party platform unanimously. The convention heard a simple message from former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell:
Ed Rendell: “Don’t give up. Just get out there and say what you believe in, be true to your values, and you just might win.”
(Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell in Moscow)
Rendell says he believes Idaho’s Democrats have a chance to pick up ground in heavily Republican Idaho.
I’m Glenn Mosley.
Idaho Public Radio reporter Nick Dimico contributed to this report.
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