Hillary Clinton campaign staffers will be on the ground in Cleveland next week, running a counter-convention operation to convince voters that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump would actually be a really, really bad choice for president.
The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee’s efforts will be focused on the theme “Better Than This,” arguing that basically, America can do better than picking a man like Trump as president. Expect celebrities and activists to be tweeting #BetterThanThis as Trump and other Republicans take the stage at the convention.
The Clinton campaign will be basing its operations from its headquarters, less than a mile from the Quicken Loans Arena where the Republican action will be taking place. It will hold a daily press conference, offer calls for the media and send out rapid response.
Democratic officials including DNC Chair and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) and Reps. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), Joe Crowley (N.Y.), Ruben Gallego (Ariz.) and Bennie Thompson (Miss.). There will also be a strong showing from the Ohio delegation with Reps. Tim Ryan, Marcia Fudge and Joyce Beatty as well as former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who is currently running for Senate.
That Ohio presence is a contrast to the Republican side, where the talk has been on all the state politicians who are not going to attend. Ohio Gov. John Kasich ― who dropped his presidential bid against Trump in May ― doesn’t plan on attending, and Sen. Rob Portman said he plans on spending “very little” time there.
Outside of Cleveland, the Clinton campaign will be working on voter mobilization across the country, with a spokesperson emphasizing that they see the GOP convention as a “great recruiting tool.”
Democrats will be holding their convention in Philadelphia the week after the Republican gathering.