This week, College Associate Grant Strobl traveled to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. Check out some of his exclusive and behind-the-scenes content below!




Remember when Ted Cruz didn't endorse Trump for president during his speech at the RNC? Yeah, the rest of the world definitely remembers, too. Looks like it didn't do much for him, because Thursday night Donald J. Trump officially accepted his nomination as the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. His speech provided more detail of what voters would expect if he were tapped to become president. Millennials, now the largest generation, received an important shout out in his speech, "We are going to work with all of our students who are drowning in debt to take the pressure off these young people just starting out in their adult lives." Jake Lopez, a 20 year old delegate from California, and a strong supporter of Donald Trump, believes that Trump is the best candidate for millennials, "He is a businessman, he's done it before, he's going to bring jobs back, and make it better for college students to get jobs." Trump also made history Thursday, his speech becoming the first to mention the issue of protecting the LGBTQ community in a GOP nomination address. Trump's historic acceptance speech ended-- in typical fashion-- with, "We will make America great again!"

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For most people, delegates may as well be mystical creatures. People talk about them, but don't really know what they are or how to become one. Michael Banerian, the Youth Vice-Chairman of the Michigan Republican party, explained that delegates in his state start by running for precinct delegate at the local level, then work their way up the ladder at their county convention, and then to the state convention. All the while, the pool of possible delegates gets smaller and smaller. "In our Congressional district we had almost fifty candidates running for six spots--three delegates and three alternates," Banerian said about the state convention. "It is an incredibly competitive race because you have volunteers from every campaign who feel, rightfully so, that they should represent their candidate." If it wasn't complicated enough, there are also at-large delegates and delegates added based upon a series of criteria. Becoming a delegate isn't a walk in the park, especially for young people running against long-time politicos. But millennials seem to be stepping up to the challenge.

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Millennials are always finding ways to ensure their voices are heard on social media, but that's not so much the case at the conventions. Only two percent of delegates at the RNC are millennials, yet nearly a third of voters are millennials. Nick Allman, a 23-year-old Texas delegate, saw this inconsistency and is stepping up to make changes. To make sure the millennial voice is heard, Allman organized a youth event, inviting over 100 young delegates that he spent countless hours finding by researching every single delegate that would be present at the RNC. His event was headlined by Senator Mike Lee and several other prominent political figures. Allman held this event because he thinks that the GOP and Donald Trump should do a better job to reach out to millennials. "The issues that speak to us most are civil liberties and the economy. He doesn't talk about civil liberties often...If he focused more on getting the government off your back, leaving you alone, taking a more pro-civil liberties stance, that would help with millennials."

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Regardless of which side of the party line you're on, most people can agree that the convention speeches are incredibly entertaining. Whether it's firing up a crowd with excitement or angering half the country, there's always at least one line that resonates from each speech. Check out some of the top quotes (curated from @FoxNews on Twitter) from a few headline speakers that, for better or for worse, exploded yuuuugely.

Ivanka Trump: "At our family's company, there are more female than male executives. Women are paid equally."

Mike Pence: "If the world knows nothing else, it will know this: America stands with Israel."

Ted Cruz: "We deserve an immigration system that puts America first, and yes, builds a wall to keep us safe."

Peter Thiel: "I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American."

Patricia Smith, whose son Sean was killed in #Benghazi: "I blame @HillaryClinton personally for the death of my son."

Sheriff David Clarke: "I would like to make something very clear: Blue Lives Matter in America."

Willie Robertson: "I can promise you this: no matter who you are, @realDonaldTrump will have your back."

Donald Trump Jr.: "If @HillaryClinton were elected, she'd be the first president who couldn't pass a basic background check."

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Should the Grand Old Party actually be the grand young, and diverse party? Alex Smith certainly thinks so. As the first female chair in the history of College Republicans, Smith believes that the ideas that Republicans espouse are those that are widely held by young people. "The most important issues to young people today, including myself, are jobs and the economy...We are looking for economic growth from local communities and not from Washington." In her speech on Monday, Alex said, "We are the new faces of the Grand Old Party," but notes that "millennials cost us the White House four years ago, and that's caused some of the political elite to write us off." She says that work still needs to be done to engage millennials within her party, but points out that "the competitive primary process brought out a lot of young people to run for delegates themselves-- to be a part of the process. We see a lot of young, new faces here."




Heard about the uproar by delegates because they couldn't have a roll call vote for the rules of the convention? (If you haven't, don't feel bad.) Michael Hensley, a 20-year-old delegate from the University of Tennessee, is concerned that the conventions are becoming too procedural, saying, "Technically the delegates do have the power; most of the party doesn't understand that. It's pretty democratic to have thousands of delegates to vote and represent our party – it's like Congress." Even with his concerns, he is honored to have the privilege to be one of the few young delegates selected to represent his community and have the "ultimate authority over the convention."


Look out for next week's issue, which will cover all things Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia!


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