From the Floor: Online and On Camera
Jim Kadtke is a delegate from the District of Columbia to the Republican National Convention. He joins D.C. Wire today to blog from Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Jim participated in an online discussion from the washingtonpost.com's media tent in St. Paul, Minn.
Jim Kadtke: hi everybody -- Jim Kadtke here, I'm chair of the DC Delegation to the convention.
Harrisburg, Pa.: What do you think of the Republican system of choosing delegates versus the system the Democrats use? Some note that, had the Democrats used your system, Hillary Clinton might have been nominated instead. Who has the better system?
Jim Kadtke: hi from Harrisburg (I'm from near Hazleton originally.. )
the choice of delegate systems is an old issue which actually goes back to mathematical theory that's a century or more old. on one hand, you need a system which comes to a definite outcome in a reasonable period of time, which is not a trivial issue. one the other hand, you would like to make the system as representative of diverse populations and issues as possible. balancing those two constraints is a subjective choice. our two parties have just taken slightly different routes to their structure.
Poplar Bluff, Mo.: Does the GOP platform contain a plank on D.C. statehood or the plan to give Utah an extra representative along with the District's new representative? Do you know Sen. McCain's view on this issue? Thank you.
Jim Kadtke: great question.
the DCGOP has been working hard on DC voting rights for a long time. in our local platform, the plank on voting rights was our number #1 issue. our platform committee rep from our delegation fought very hard in the national platform committee deliberations but apparently there was no support for it nationally. so the plank was not included. we're disappointed.
I don't know what Sen. McCain thinks personally about the issue. I know he voted against cloture on the senate bill earlier this year, but that may have been a procedural issue. The campaign has told us that the DC GOP is free to advocate for voting rights, however.
Rochester, N.Y.: How are you enjoying the convention thus far? Are the parties as fun as they say they are?
Jim Kadtke: I am enjoying the convention a great deal. there are a lot of parties and events, however the delegates actually have a lot of substantive work. as chair of the DC delegation, I have been working 12-14 hours per day on coordination, so its fun but its also exhausting.
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