ICYMI: Here's the playbook for Democrats' RNC 'counter-convention' plans in Cleveland [Cleveland.com]

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Key Points:

  • “News conferences are scheduled for every day of the RNC, featuring DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, economist Austan Goolsbee, and several other members of Congress from around the country, according to Clinton's campaign. A number of Ohio Democrats will be present, too, including Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Ted Strickland and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles.”

  • “For example, the state party said in a release that it intends to send individuals dressed as Supreme Court justices to some of Portman's events as a way to highlight the senator's opposition to holding a confirmation vote this year on Merrick Garland, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.”

  • “Strickland's campaign says it's also preparing to launch online rebuttals to Portman during the convention, including a new website detailing the campaign's activities during the week and digital ads in the Cleveland area targeting specific groups, such as black voters.”

  • “In particular, Democrats say they hope to highlight that while Portman has endorsed presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has refused to do so.”

  • “‘The message from the Strickland campaign and Ohio Democrats next week will be this: No matter how much he tries to hide it, Senator Portman is ‘All In’ For Trump – and if Portman can’t stand up to Trump like Governor Kasich has, he won't stand up for Ohio,’ said Strickland campaign spokesman David Bergstein in a statement.”

Here's the playbook for Democrats' RNC 'counter-convention' plans in Cleveland

Cleveland.com
By: Jeremy Pelzer
July 15, 2016
http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2016/07/heres_the_playbook_for_democra.html

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Next week's Republican National Convention will also attract a number of Democrats to Cleveland for "counter-convention" activities, according to party and campaign officials.

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee are planning to hold news conferences, make press calls, and do rapid-response activities from a headquarters in downtown Cleveland, less than a mile from the convention site, according to a Clinton campaign release.

News conferences are scheduled for every day of the RNC, featuring DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, economist Austan Goolsbee, and several other members of Congress from around the country, according to Clinton's campaign. A number of Ohio Democrats will be present, too, including Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Ted Strickland and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles.

Separately, the Ohio Democratic Party and Strickland's campaign say they plan to go after Strickland's GOP opponent, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in Cleveland by holding news conferences and deploying Democrats to Portman's slate of activities in Cleveland away from the convention.

For example, the state party said in a release that it intends to send individuals dressed as Supreme Court justices to some of Portman's events as a way to highlight the senator's opposition to holding a confirmation vote this year on Merrick Garland, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

Strickland's campaign says it's also preparing to launch online rebuttals to Portman during the convention, including a new website detailing the campaign's activities during the week and digital ads in the Cleveland area targeting specific groups, such as black voters.

In particular, Democrats say they hope to highlight that while Portman has endorsed presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has refused to do so.

“The message from the Strickland campaign and Ohio Democrats next week will be this: No matter how much he tries to hide it, Senator Portman is 'All In' For Trump – and if Portman can't stand up to Trump like Governor Kasich has, he won't stand up for Ohio," said Strickland campaign spokesman David Bergstein in a statement.

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For Immediate Release: July 15, 2016
Contact: David Bergstein or Liz Margolis,press@TedStrickland.com


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