Thursday, January 29, 2015

For Your GOP Viewing Pleasure

If you're bummed by no convention Monday, here's a guide to watching Tuesday.

For Your GOP Viewing Pleasure

If you’re heartbroken about no GOP convention on Monday, now’s a good time to plan your Tuesday viewing.

With Monday canned due to nasty Tampa weather from Tropical Storm Isaac, Republicans reset their podium schedule on Sunday, moving Monday speakers to Tuesday and combining them with originally-planned Tuesday talkers.

There are 19 scheduled speakers Tuesday evening.


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Rick Santorum is to speak Tuesday during the 7 to 8 p.m. hour; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker between 8 and 9 p.m.; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley between 9 and 10 p.m.; Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie between 10 and 11 p.m.

Now, you might have to spin around your TV dial to catch any of these folks. The New York Daily News on Monday was kind enough to report who’s carrying what when. You can read the full report here.

Highlights of TV coverage include: only PBS is devoting all of prime time to the convention; ABC, NBC and CBS will be on from 10 to 11 p.m. with a mix of earlier snippets and live coverage; and it looks like CNN, FOX and MSNBC will be at it pretty much the whole time but (warning) so will their usual anchors and, um, personalities.

For purists, gavel-to-gavel coverage will be on C-SPAN. This will be like watching televised baseball games decades ago: limited comment, live coverage, nothing but action.

And for pure entertainment, Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart will be on-site each night at 11 p.m. Its coverage is called “2016: The Road to Jeb Bush.”

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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