The Liberty National Convention, held in District 12, wowed spectators with high-profile speeches from several largely-known Liberty officials, specifically District 2 Governor Gale Hawthorne, Secretary of State Celine Oswald, Secretary of Defense Jonathan Madison, Secretary of Homeland Security Haymitch Abernathy, former Secretary of State Effie Trinket, outgoing Vice President Tyler Thompson, and of course, President Katniss Everdeen, who was nominated once again for the Presidency.
The keynote speaker was announced a day before the convention began. Secretary of Defense Jonathan Madison shocked the crowd with oratorical skills that were a force to be reckoned with. In his speech, he touched on the administration’s successes, particularly involving the war with the IANO and with the President’s reforms. He discussed how the economy has skyrocketed under President Everdeen, and how citizens, when polled, are shown to be happier than under the Paylor administration.
In her acceptance speech, President Everdeen also pointed to her successes, but also to the Liberty Party’s as well. She invoked bipartisanship while also sternly stating that there is no better candidate on the field but the incumbent.
Two things stood out, both expected: first, a contentious voting session would be held to determine the VP nominee for the Liberty Party, and second, former Vice President Plutarch Heavensbee was not in attendance after his highly-reported prostitution scandal.
The Heavensbee scandal damaged the reputation of the party and the Everdeen administration, explaining why the former VP didn’t make an appearance. If Heavensbee attended, other presidential challengers could tie him again to the administration, saying that they are still in cohorts with one another.
The vice presidential nomination voting was considered the most tense part of the convention, however, as three candidates went in, splitting the votes three ways. The first vote came out as expected: Oswald first, Madison second, Hawthorne third. The second vote caused some controversy: delegates began to ditch their candidates. In this vote, Madison came out clearly on top, with Hawthorne second, Oswald third, and by surprise, incumbent Vice President Tyler Thompson in fourth, and former Sec. of State Effie Trinket with three delegates. With no clear majority in sight, they voted once again, and the same thing happened: more delegates ditched. Trinket’s votes disappeared, which was not a surprise. Those votes went back to Oswald, who gained from Hawthorne’s drop. He dropped to fourth, with VP Thompson going to second.
Ultimately, the fourth vote ascertained the nominee. The LNC finally decided that the Liberty Party vice presidential nominee would be Secretary of State Celine Oswald, who emerged on top in the third round of voting. Governor Hawthorne, Secretary of Defense Madison, and Vice President Thompson all conceded and offered their endorsement to the nominee.
With 990 delegates in attendance, the voting record shows:
Celine Oswald 360
Jonathan Madison 330
Gale Hawthorne 300
Jonathan Madison 424
Gale Hawthorne 381
Celine Oswald 320
Tyler Thompson 242
Effie Trinket 3
Celine Oswald 467
Tyler Thompson 343
Jonathan Madison 120
Gale Hawthorne 60
Celine Oswald 592
Tyler Thompson 254
Jonathan Madison 100
Gale Hawthorne 44
As with the President, Secretary Oswald pointed to her treaty as a great success for Panem, and praised the President for her work in the Capitol and in Glasgow. She also thanked her competitors in the VP primaries, stating that “without them, I would not have been able to approach the topics I needed to approach…now Panem knows what I stand for, what the Liberty Party stands for: freedom, justice, and, of course, liberty.”