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The Republicans

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Somehow, Steve Simon was able to create photographs of the event that stand apart from all others–stunning, unique, intelligent and thought-provoking images which help us to consider the very health of our democracy“.

Stacey D. Clarkson, Art Director , Harper’s Magazine

Steve Simon set to work to capture, in stark, disturbing and yet often ruefully funny black and white photographs, images of that summer’s Republican Convention. The book is a terrifying tour de force: half circus, half Armageddon. It’s tempting to think of Republicans as inevitably easy to caricature, but there are shots here of a tumult of true believers all tinctured to death with memories — of 9/11, of Iraq, abortion phobia and of God’s once being on their side — that make your blood run cold.

Gary Michael Dault, The Toronto Globe and Mail

Steve Simon behaves differently. He shows us the staging off-camera and television personalities before they compose their august on-air expressions. He gives us the blur of the secret service removing an unwanted dissident from the arena. Simon is an unusual type of spy, one who records information others regard as irrelevant. We live still in an age when public debate is carefully choreographed, under a government that prizes control. In this setting, in these times, Simon’s images remain renegade.

Mark Engler, from the introduction to The Republicans

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Steve Simon was one of 15,000 accredited members of the press covering the Republican National Convention in which 5,000 delegates, protected by 10,000 New York City police officers, re-nominated George Bush as President. As the week-long media extravaganza and coronation got underway, it met the largest demonstrations ever to greet an American political convention. More than 400,000 protesters marched past a heavily fortified Madison Square Garden, exercising their right to free speech. Simon’s work, which Harper’s magazine’s Stacy Clarkson has described as “photographs of the event that stand apart from all others–stunning, unique, intelligent and thought-provoking images which help us to consider the very health of our democracy,” illuminates a pivotal time in the history of the “Divided States of America,” the land of the free, where passionately diverging points of view meet unprecedented new levels of security.

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer  MOOSIC, Pa. -  President Bush (news - web sites) began his post-convention campaign swing through three states he lost in 2000, telling a rally that he's the choice to build America's economy and keep the country safe from terrorists.    "If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade the world will drift toward tragedy," he said. "This will not happen on my watch."  Bush departed New York immediately after his Madison Square Garden speech and traveled to the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he told an enthusiastic audience that "we're coming down the stretch in this race."  Bush's supporters chanted "flip flop, flip flop," when Santorum suggested that Kerry changes his stance on issues. They booed when Santorum, appealing to conservative Republican voters, noted that Kerry had voted against a procedure abortion foes have labeled "partial-birth abortion."  Balloons were still drifting down from the rafters of Madison Square Garden as the convention closed late Thursday when Bush hurried back to the campaign trail to pedal the main message of his speech: that he has the steadiest hand to guide the nation in perilous times.  Accepting his party's nomination for a second term at the GOP convention in New York, Bush told roaring delegates and a national TV audience, "I believe this nation wants steady, consistent, principled leadership and that is why, with your help, we will win this election."  Speaking from a circular stage emblazoned with the presidential seal, Bush asked voters to reject Kerry's "policies of the past."  "We are on the path to the future — and we are not turning back," Bush said, unveiling modest new proposals, including steps to tighten high-school testing, encourage investment in poor communities, reduce deficits and expand health care.   Thursday, September 6 - Joe Biden and Barack Obama The speakers for the day include: John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States Barack Obama, President of the United States  The last night, September 6, was moved back to the Time Warner Cable Arena when bad weather threatened the event origianlly to be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama is delivered his acceptance speech.[2] The date also caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict.[17] This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden's vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama's speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.[18]

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