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Lessons Learned in Tampa and Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE -- I am typing this while sitting in a darkened arena. From my vantage point high above the convention floor, thousands of happy Democrats are cheering a video collage of Barack Obama's campaign and Presidency. In this version of pro-Obama utopia, the hits fly by -- the misses not so much. We watch Sarah Palin dismiss the President's background as a community organizer, and immediately cut to video of then-candidate Obama brushing off his shoulder Jay Z-style and singing a little Al Green. Oh, and then he orders a hit on Osama bin Laden.

Two Conventions Down, No Signs of Quick Help for the Jobless

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The voters demand action on jobs, and on Thursday night, the incumbent president running amid the worst election-year labor market in modern American history responded with the following: A bloody evisceration of his opponent’s economic philosophy. (“Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!”)

Convention Notes: John Harwood of CNBC and The New York TimeS

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Our panelists, some of the best political reporters in the business, have covered their fair share of conventions. Between the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, we asked them which was their most memorable convention. John Harwood, of CNBC and the New York Times, tells us why the 1988 Republican National Convention, with George H.W. Bush announcing Dan Quayle as his running mate made it one of the more dramatic conventions.

August 31, 2012

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Special Washington Week from Charlotte, North Carolina: Did Mitt Romney fulfill expectations at Republican National Convention? Plus what affect did Clint Eastwood's unscripted speech have? Also, we preview the Democratic National Convention. Joining Gwen:  Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; John Hardwood of CNBC / New York Times.

 

Dispatches From the Republican National Convention

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For those who didn’t think that Mitt Romney has had to overcome obstacles: Clint Eastwood. The actor’s 12-minute turn onstage at the Republican Convention was rambling and distracting. He spoke to an empty chair in which he pretended the president sat. A few times he pretended the president had suggested he and Romney have intercourse with themselves. Obama spokesperson Ben Labolt suggested that, as counter-programming, the Democrats next week would have Salvador Dali. President Obama got in on the fun by tweeting a picture of himself sitting in the Roosevelt Room chair.

Romney vows to deliver country from economic travails

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Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday by making a direct appeal to Americans who were captivated by President Obama’s hopeful promises of change, pledging that he could deliver what the president did not and move the country from its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Dispatches From the Republican National Convention

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Paul Ryan is supposed to be a wonk, but we've never really seen this side of him since he's become a vice presidential candidate. So far he has been an articulate Republican Party spokesperson for all of Barack Obama's failings. He hit his rhetorical height Wednesday night at the Republican convention when he unbuckled a long and stinging critique of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. It was powerful, well received, and passionately delivered. The speech didn't require policy expertise, particularly.

Romney clinches GOP nomination at convention; Ann Romney, Chris Christie speak

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The Republican Party on Tuesday formally bestowed its presidential nomination on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, launching its convention here with two goals: to make the GOP contender more appealing and to sharpen the case against giving President Obama a second term.

Nomination Secure, Romney Pitch starts

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Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts who has aspired to reach the White House since his father first sought the office four decades ago, was nominated by the Republican Party here on Tuesday as its choice to become the 45th president of the United States.

Mitt Romney RNC: GOP still frets about candidate's image

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Mitt Romney signaled in weekend interviews that he is brushing off advice that he attempt a public image makeover this week to make himself more likable and more connected to voters at the human level.