On April 16, 2006 wcco.com reported, "Muslims who gathered in Minneapolis for the third annual convention of the Muslim-American Society of Minnesota got a dose of politics. The society considers itself to be a religious, social, cultural, educational and charitable organization. But Saturday the focus was on politics as several hundred people attended two political sessions. Democratic candidates spoke at a late-morning session titled 'Democracy in America: A return to our Democratic ideals.' In the afternoon, Republican candidates spoke on the theme 'Building a More Diverse Minnesota: Is there room for Muslims?'"