Conventions: Do We Need Them?

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For some time now, political conventions have been scripted, long-form commercials aimed at selling the candidate to the electorate. This year's Republican and Democratic conventions cost taxpayers about $68 million for each party's gathering. But was anyone watching, outside of Obama or Romney supporters and political pundits?  We hear from a couple of veteran political reporters, including To the Point's own Warren Olney, who's covered conventions for years , dating back to the 60's, when the conventions actually did real work.

Credits

Guests:
Warren Olney - Host, 'To the Point' and 'Olney in L.A.' - @warrenolney1, Walter Shapiro - Roll Call / Yale University - @MrWalterShapiro, Ted Johnson - Variety - @tedstew, Tim Rutten - Los Angeles Daily News

Host:
Judy Muller

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Sonya Geis