Want To Speak Out About Politics On A National Stage?

Major political parties want some young flavor for their conventions.

It's not easy to get Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe on the same page.

The two have become frequent verbal sparring partners of late, with each accusing the other's party of harboring crooks, liars and worse. But the two men can agree on one thing: they want you.

The RNC and the DNC are teaming up with Choose or Lose to find two young people — one Republican and one Democrat — to speak during primetime at their respective party's national convention.


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Would-be politicos are encouraged to visit the convention site for their respective party (www.2004nycgop.org

for Republicans, www.dems2004.org for Democrats) and submit an essay on a given topic. Essays from select finalists will be posted online this summer, and users will have a chance to vote and determine who will get to read their essay at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Democrats will select their presidential nominee in Boston from July 26-29, while Republicans will hold their annual convention from August 30-September 2 in New York.

For more political news, insight into the 2004 presidential election and information on registering to vote, check out Choose or Lose.