Forty-five-thousand people are expected to descend on the City of Brotherly Love for the G-O-P love-fest for party nominee George W. Bush — but just over two thousand are actual voting delegates to the convention. Fifty-six are Iowans. Iowa Republican Party chairman Kayne Robinson has been in Philadelphia since Tuesday night. He and other top Iowa Republicans are attending crucial meetings, trying to convince the Republican National Committee to retain first-in-the-nation status for Iowa’s Caucuses. There’s a possibility the issue will be debated by convention delegates next week, although Robinson thinks it’s unlikely as New Yorkers and Californians hate the new schedule because big states go last.Robinson says the current presidential nominating system is working just fine.Party nominee George W. Bush named his running mate this past week. Drake University political science professor Dennis Goldford says that removes the suspense from the convention. On Thursday, Bush gives the big speech he’s been practicing.The Iowa delegation will be stationed at a Hampton Inn in a Philadelphia suburb that’s actually in New Jersey. The business-rather-than-pleasure hotel is a measure of Iowa’s dwindling influence. The state carries just seven Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins Iowa.
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