Republicans focus on facilitating process

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Republicans are aiming their Republican National Convention to reach not only the people who watch convention coverage but the 60% who don't. Paul Manafort, Bob Dole's convention manager, Wednesday told reporters that there will be more Republican press operatives than political operatives at the convention that starts Aug. 12 in San Diego. While the convention itself is perhaps the first tailored for the sound-bite TV age--with few speeches longer than 10 minutes and live remotes of voters talking about the issues, Republicans plan an extensive effort to reach those who don't watch TV. A talk show row at the convention will allow the GOP to walk speakers from one show to another and local stations in important swing districts will be able to tape interviews with convention speakers before the speeches are given.

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