Can I Attend The DNC? Convention Tickets Are Hard To Come By
This coming Monday, the Democratic National Convention will kick off at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, from July 25 through July 28 — and what a backdrop this year's stage will have. Taking place just a week after the anything-but-tame Republican National Convention, the DNC is poised to be a highly watched event. And with the lineup of celebrities and high-profile politicians (Lena Dunham, Debra Messing, and Eva Longoria, to name a few), set to attend the Democratic convention, you may be interested in getting some tickets as well.
One of the most basic ways to attend is if you are a registered Democratic delegate. Delegates, the figures who partake in the state caucuses during the primaries, are granted access to the DNC. Another clever way to try to gain access is to register to be a volunteer for the DNC. Contacting your local Democratic Party office to see if they need additional help would be the best way to go about this.
For die-hard Clinton supporters, another way to throw your hat in the ring is via a contest the Clinton campaign has launched. According to Politico, a winner will be selected from five finalists. All participants must submit a short video explaining their support of Clinton.
After the history-making mishaps of the RNC — Melania Trump's alleged plagiarism of Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech, Sen. Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse Trump, and Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's clear avoidance of bestowing any real praise for the GOP presidential nominee — it seems like it would be hard to top those theatrics. But the DNC will be set against its own share of intrigue.
The recent conclusion of the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's emails and private server during her time as secretary of state did not end with any recommended charges, but the director of the FBI James Comey, did say that Clinton and her colleagues conduct with email chains were "extremely careless." The State Department has taken over the investigation, although State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau recently declined to give any information into the timeline regarding the specifics of the probe.
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former president Bill Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders will be giving highly anticipated speeches at the convention as well.
At the very least, the DNC will be historic: Hillary Clinton will be the first female to be nominated as the presidential candidate by a major political party. And if you want to try and see it all unfold live, you still have some time to get tickets to the festivities.