Yahoo Finance/AFP: 'Republican Party fractured as Trump set to take mantle'

July 14, 2016

While many people will attend next week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, there will be a few prominent party figures — the Bush family, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, U.S. Sen. John McCain and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — skipping the event expected to nominate presidential candidate Donald Trump. In an Agence France-Presse (AFP) article published on Yahoo Finance, Political Science Professor Robert Boatright spoke about their absence and what it means to the convention.

Here, an excerpt:

" 'This is unprecedented among recent conventions,' Robert Boatright, a professor of political science at Clark University in Massachusetts, said about the no-shows.

"Trump still has not revealed details about the convention program: who will get the coveted primetime speaking slots, and what they will say. The convention provides a golden opportunity to breathe life into his campaign, which has struggled since he clinched enough delegates to secure the nomination in May.

"The billionaire real estate mogul from Manhattan has repeatedly vowed to make himself more 'presidential' and abandon the carefree, incendiary tone that has marked his campaign until now.

" 'In the short term, Trump has to give most Republican members of Congress, most Republican leaders ... a reason not to give up on him,' Boatright said of Trump's convention goals."