The presidential candidates position themselves as their campaigns focus on what they need to accomplish at the Denver and St. Paul conventions. A look at what’s ahead in this key transition period of the campaigns, and the wait for vice presidential picks.


  • Ron Elving Washington editor for NPR.
  • E.J. Dionne Jr. senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington Post columnist, and author of "Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right" and of "Stand Up Fight Back."
  • Susan Page Washington bureau chief for "USA Today"

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