TAMPA -- With Republicans trimming their convention back to three days for the second time in a row, and Democrats planning a three-day gathering in Charlotte next week, House Speaker John Boehner Monday mused about the possible end of the four-day political convention.
"I think that given as much news as people get today and the way they get their news, I'm not sure that having a four-day convention, for the future, makes a lot of sense," Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters at a luncheon sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
"These are very expensive propositions to put on," he added.
While trumpeting Mitt Romney's chancesagainst Barack Obama and stressing that the economy was the top issue for voters, Boehner seemed dismissive not only of the traditional four-day convention, but also the party platforms that conventions adopt every four years.
Party platforms should be trimmed down to one page, he said.
"Anybody read a party platform?" Boehner asked. "I've never met anybody."