The 2008 Republican Convention by Jo Freeman
The Republican National Convention met in Minneapolis - St. Paul on September 1 - 4. The GOP last convened in the twin cities in 1892. That year delegates gathered in the Industrial Exposition Building in Minneapolis. In 2008, the convention met in the Xcel center in St. Paul. The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) was the site for the convention committee meetings, the Sunday night delegate party and many official functions. A sizable portion of downtown St. Paul around the Xcel center was fenced in to create a security zone. Both access and view were severely limited.
Inside the Xcel Center
At one time delegates could also bring in their own signs. Those days are gone. The signs that look homemade were painted by volunteers under the direction of RNCC staff. Those and the more numerous printed signs were passed out under the command of convention managers. Security screeners confiscated all other signs at the entrances.
Seemingly hand painted signs were given to small clusters of people to give the impression that these reflected their personal sentiments.
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