Democrats focus on Wisconsin for 2020 convention, election

NOW: Democrats focus on Wisconsin for 2020 convention, election


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Democratic National Convention leaders say their two main goals for the 500 media members in town this week are to explain logistics and giving them stories to tell. 

Hundreds of people from all over the country got a tour of Milwaukee on Tuesday, Jan. 7 with a specific goal from the tour guides. 

“People are going to get these story idea nuggets, when they’re here in town, and then go back and start writing about them, and then even coming back before Spring and before Summer to come back and tell more stories about the city," Said Kristin Settle, Visit Milwaukee communications director. 

That was just part of rolling out the red carpet for the media. Governor Tony Evers, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski all spoke at Fiserv Forum. 

Evers said he wants to win the White House for Democrats but he's also looking out for his state. 

“Wisconsin, we have very few chances to talk about what a great state this is. And from my vantage point as governor, we need to make sure we tell a good story about Wisconsin," said Gov. Evers. 

It wasn't all fun and games. Party leaders held seminars for the media on things like security, the plan to win the White House in 2020, and simple logistics. 

"Where are they going to be standing, where are they going to be staying. What’s their access going to be like? Day to day operational information they will need to know to be able to do their job," said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention. 

Lt. Gov. Barnes said politically the state needs to show people all across the Midwest that the party isn't taking them for granted. 

“Without making sure that we’re actually communicating with our base we’re going to be lost," said Barnes. 

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