" Campaign officials confirmed that they're actively considering an extraordinary plan under which Kerry wouldn't be formally nominated at the Democratic National Convention in late July and instead would be designated as the party's nominee weeks later, around the time of the Republican convention at the end of August.
The plan, one of several ideas that campaign and party officials said are being discussed to level the financial playing field with the Republicans, is fraught with political complications -- maintaining excitement at the convention and countering Republican criticism among them -- and some legal questions as well. But it underscores again the extent to which fund-raising and financial considerations are driving campaign strategy in this election cycle. "
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" But some party leaders worried Friday that delaying the nomination would diminish the significance of the convention itself. Political strategists see the national conventions as one of the most important moments of the campaigns, despite the fact that they are heavily scripted. For challengers like Kerry, they offer the first real opportunity to introduce themselves to a wide audience.
Kerry officials said Friday they were already discussing unconventional approaches to their convention because of limited prime-time interest by the major broadcast networks, beyond postponing the nomination. Asked how Kerry could deliver the traditional acceptance speech if he is not the nominee, Cutter said, "That comes down to semantics, doesn't it?" "
Convention as Farce