Scholastic Student Reporter
"A convention does more than nominate the candidate for President and Vice President," said Bill Harris, the Chief Executive Officer of the Republican National Convention. "It could win or lose an election. It allows us to energize our voters."
Harris was the keynote speaker at an annual dinner for Staten Island Republicans. He explained to the about 200 Republicans attending the event why conventions are important to political parties and to the host city.
"People are going to form an impression of what the Republican Party is and what the nominee of the Republican Party stands for based on the Republican Convention," Harris said.
The convention is important to the city because it will show the world that New York has bounced back from the September 11 attacks.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for New York to take advantage and say, 'This is what New York is; this is what New York can do,'" he said.
But why New York, where four out of five voters are Democrats? Harris, who lives in Virginia and works in Washington, D.C., says: "There is no city like New York."
State Senator John Marki from Staten Island agreed. "New York is the capital of the world," he told Scholastic News Online Student Reporters. Marki was honored at the dinner for his 50 years as the borough's State Senator. Marki is the longest serving Legislator in the nation.
Ms. Staten Island, Marissa Terzino, who was also at the Republican dinner to sing the national anthem, was just as enthusiastic about the party's choice.
"New York is the best city in the world!" she told Scholastic News Online.