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Conventions highlight party divides, voter cynicism

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>> As the confetti and balloons are swept from the floor of the Wells Fargo Center. The political pundits and the American public are now evaluating the Democratic and Republic conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland. And pointing to the stark differences between them. But more alarming than the differences is one big, hard to ignore similarity.
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The deep divide within each party. Reuters political correspondent Jim Oliphant, who attended both conventions, explains.>> What both conventions had in common really was the unusual level of emotion on all sides. In Cleveland we had Trump versus Cruz. There were cheers. There were tears. There were boos.>>
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>> There was constant conflict, and here in Philadelphia, the Sanders people were upset all week. Some cried. Some booed candidates supporting Clinton. And basically this shows that both parties are having a problem with their more, what you might call their purer elements. On the Republican side, it's the hardcore conservatives.
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Here, with the democrats, it's the progressives, the liberals, who still can't quite get on board with Hillary Clinton.>> Never before in history have the U.S. presidential nominees been so unlikable to voters. Oliphant says neither convention did much to change hearts and minds.>> The takeaway from both of these conventions is that, bigger than the divide in each of these parties, is the divide between the political elite and the American voter.
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And a few days of choreographed conventions is not going to change that level of mistrust.>> The next main event on the campaign calendar will have the two nominees facing off for the first presidential debate in September.