Mid-Missouri delegates speak positively of Republican convention

10 months 3 hours 44 minutes ago July 22, 2016 Jul 22, 2016 Friday, July 22 2016 Friday, July 22, 2016 11:06:00 PM CDT in News
By: Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Two mid-Missouri Republican delegates said the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week was very successful.

Columbia resident Jennifer Bukowsky, who was attending her first convention, had high praise for the event.

"It was an amazing experience," Bukowsky said. "It was incredible. I did not want to pack up and leave. It was sad to go."

Ashland resident Sara Walsh said she feels good about Donald Trump.

"It was all a blur," Walsh said. "It was amazing. He sounded very presidential and I feel confident he will be the best choice in November."

Many issues came up during the four-day convention. One was Melania Trump's speech, as critics said some of it was plagiarized from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. Bukowsky said she thinks the attention Melania Trump is getting is shocking.

"I think it's surprising to me that 51 words that are similar to Michelle Obama's speech is getting as much attention as 30,00 deleted emails that Hillary Clinton deleted off her server," Bukowsky said, referencing Clinton's email scandal from when she was Secretary of State. 

Another issue arising from the RNC was Texas senator Ted Cruz not officially endorsing Donald Trump for president. 

"I think it was strategic on Donald Trump's part to allow that to happen," Bukowsky said. "It ended up unifying the party."

Walsh said, "It was a little confusing at times. Some of the language and words used like 'vote your conscience' could be taken either way."

Donald Trump's speech also drew a lot of attention, including for how long it was. The speech lasted more than 75 minutes, the longest acceptance speech for a candidate ever.

"It was really strange because, being there, listening to Donald Trump speak, it didn't feel like that long at all," Walsh said. "He talked about so many different topics and it really felt like he reached out to so many different Americans at different levels."

The two delegates said they are fully preparing for a Trump victory in November.

Bukowsky said, "He has a vision for the future, that he's running to do something, not be something, that he understands it's a crooked system that's rigged and that needs to be shaken up."

The presidential election is Nov. 8.

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