POLITICO announces plans for RNC in Tampa

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POLITICO announced today an impressive lineup of events and live shows to be produced from Tampa during this summer’s Republican National Convention, many of which will air nationally on C-SPAN.

From newsmaker roundtables to watch parties with live analysis, POLITICO will offer convention-goers and its readers a variety of events and shows. Building off the momentum of its popular primary election analysis shows, several convention-editions of POLITICO LIVE will be produced, scheduled throughout the morning, afternoon and evening. Featuring top POLITICO journalists, newsmakers and official convention programming, shows will be launched by a special kickoff program the Sunday before the Republican convention.

Leading the event schedule will be POLITICO’s popular Playbook Breakfast newsmaker series, hosted by POLITICO’s chief White House correspondent Mike Allen. Televised live daily by C-SPAN, the convention-edition breakfasts will be held daily and will be co-hosted by the Tampa Bay Times during the Republican convention.  The Playbook Breakfast series is presented by Bank of America.

Each afternoon, POLITICO will host policy luncheons featuring newsmakers involved in major issues of the economy, energy and health care. These discussions will be led by POLITICO’s well-respected team of policy reporters and editors. The lunches are presented by the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Wind Energy Association and the Premier healthcare alliance, respectively.

Each evening, the POLITICO Lounge will offer guests a unique way to watch the speeches while mingling over cocktails and will feature a nightly live production of POLITICO LIVE, carried on a delayed-basis by C-SPAN. The Lounge is presented by BAE Systems, Diageo and Intel.

All events and shows – which will be open for registration, free and on the record – will be streamed on POLITICO.com and mobile devices and produced from the POLITICO Hub, just a few blocks outside secure convention perimeters. In Tampa, the Hub will be located inside the Rivergate Tower. The POLITICO Hub will feature a Refresh Station presented by Coca-Cola.

More details and a complete programming schedule will be available in POLITICO’s glossy magazine guide to the conventions, distributed on Aug. 3.

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