Somebodyl, anybody, please inform me why both democrats and republicans are having conventions. Usually conventions are when a candidate is nominated. Well both parties have their chosen, so why waste millions upon millions of tax-payers money (when we are in such financial turmoil) just to strut around like proud peacocks. To hear promises from both parties that know they can't or won't be kept? To hear exaggerated tales about how great each is, and how bad the other is? We already know the rhetoric both Obama and Romney use. Cancell the conventions...save the money... America needs it more than spending it on conventions.