Bloomberg Politics at the national party conventions: Expect the unexpected

At this year’s Republican and Democratic national conventions, the only sure bet is that history will be made – and that you should expect the unexpected. With its trademark data-driven journalism and insightful analysis, Bloomberg Politics will bring razor-sharp reporting to an influential readership from everywhere the stories are at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

A look back at history foregrounds how this year’s conventions will be anything but conventional. Transcripts of acceptance speeches – the traditional highlight of the final night, where the nominee makes a speech that kicks off the general election season – and convention footage since the early 20th century revealed common themes. Our goals haven’t really changed that much; we hope and believe that better things are coming. Crowds of supporters with homemade signs, some dressed like the state they’re from, cheer for their candidate, year after year.

Watch: Bloomberg Politics at the Republican National Convention

Some things never change. But this year, the rules seem poised to be rewritten. The Bloomberg Politics team, led by Washington Bureau Chief Megan Murphy and co-managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, plans to uniquely help global leaders navigate this uncharted territory.

Watch: Bloomberg Politics at the Democratic National Convention

Daily editorial briefings, hosted by Bloomberg View’s Al Hunt, will bring together the nation’s top political journalists with key party leaders, campaign operatives, and donors for news-making conversations. The Bloomberg Politics digital hub will continue to provide an always-on news destination, from fast-breaking stories to deeply sourced analysis.

Halperin and Heilemann’s daily show With All Due Respect will broadcast live from the Bloomberg Politics base in each city; those centers will also host a series of panels and events that drill down on specific policy initiatives central to this year’s campaigns. Special events in Cleveland will include a discussion about economic development and urban opportunity in American cities, co-hosted by prominent global law firm Jones Day, founded in Cleveland nearly 125 years ago; and an event focused on the future of healthcare with Cleveland’s largest employer Cleveland Clinic.

In Philadelphia, Bloomberg events will include a conversation on infrastructure in America, a hot topic this election season, with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell; and a panel featuring historian David Eisenhower on the historical implications of this election, held in the backdrop of America’s first capital city.

Bloomberg Politics and Uber will also host discussions at both conventions on the topic of the sharing economy, transportation policy, and politics.

Watch: With All Due Respect

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– Jen Robinson | July 18, 2016