NEW YORK -The 2004 Republican National Convention today unveiled a newly designed web site at www.GOPconvention.com where the American public can watch gavel-to-gavel live webcasts, access exclusive web cam angles of the floor, participate in video chats with program participants, and access a "W" blog page that will follow President Bush in the days leading up to his arrival in New York City.
Americans can take part in the new interactive site by voting on their favorite photo of the day, or grab a "backstage" pass to see web exclusive video of convention events, party leaders and delegates. The site will also launch "Win an NBA Game Ball" contest to enter any individual who signs up for e-mail updates during convention week in a raffle to win a NBA Game Ball signed by program participants.
"We want to make the 2004 Republican National Convention a truly national event and there is no better way to give Americans full access to the experience and excitement of the convention than through www.GOPconvention.com," said Bill Harris, CEO of the 2004 Republican National Convention. "The more that Americans feel a part of the convention, the more they will know about the president's vision to build a safer world and a more hopeful America. A greater sense of ownership will encourage them take part in the nation's political process."
Americans can stay on top of important developments and convention news throughout the day. At GOP Rewind, Americans can access 60-second video news clips recapping the previous night's speakers. Fifty-five individualized state pages will feature daily delegate diaries and radio actualities for local news outlets, while the Spanish page will feature Spanish webchats and an audio feed that will simultaneously translate the program into Spanish.
The Republican National Convention will be held for the first time ever in New York City at Madison Square Garden from August 30 through September 2, 2004. Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to visit the city for the event.