August 2012

Aug 29, 2012

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

By Karen Tumulty and David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post

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.

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For Mitt Romney, the election hinges on the middle class

By Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times

The conventional wisdom is that this week's Republican National Convention needs to make Mitt Romney more "likable" — to replace his image as a frosty billionaire with the warmer (and, friends say, more accurate) picture of a family man, devout Mormon and private do-gooder.

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Race-baiting hooks 2012 campaign

By John Harris and Maggie Haberman, Politico

During three-plus years of Barack Obama’s presidency, neither he nor most top Republicans felt much desire to talk about race. Now, the three-plus days of the Republican National Convention in Tampa are being roiled by angry people in both parties eager to talk about race — and how the other side is trying exploit prejudice for political advantage.

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GOP leaders are not sold on Ryan's trumpeted Medicare plan

By Susan Davis, USA Today

The Republican Party has rallied around Paul Ryan's proposal to overhaul the Medicare system in its proposed budget, on the campaign trail and in the party's 2012 platform approved Tuesday, but top House and Senate leaders will not commit to enacting the proposal if the GOP takes control of Congress and the White House next year.

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Obama courts the votes of a less-engaged youth

By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times

Annie Hartnett was not old enough to vote in 2008 when she volunteered for the Obama campaign at the University of Iowa, where an older sister was a student. Now 21 and a leader of the Iowa State University Democrats, she said she was as excited as she was four years ago to be working for President Obama — yet she struggled to describe something that is missing.

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Aug 28, 2012

GOP plays up congressional candidates

By Janet Hook, John D. McKinnon, and Corey Boles, Wall Street Journal

Republicans officially opened a storm-shortened convention Monday aimed at selling Mitt Romney to the American people, with GOP hopes for the event rising as the winds died.

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Dispatches From the Republican National Convention

By John Dickerson, Slate

Greetings from the floor of the convention! I'm sitting under the sign for the New Mexico delegation. (Poor Vermont. They're seated so far away from the stage they might as well be in Vermont.) I've been here since Thursday when there was still exposed plywood, angry drills, and guys with lots of tattoos yelling at each other about forklifts. In the workspace there's a sign that says: "Watch Out for Forklifts." I never knew they were so stealthy. (Drought, debt, hurricanes, and now we have to worry about forklifts? Dark times.)

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Romney and black voters: An uneasy relationship

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

A major storm bearing down on New Orleans can never come at an opportune time, but Isaac is arriving at a particularly difficult moment for Mitt Romney and for his party, which has yet to completely shake the perception that the GOP left African-Americans adrift in a drowned city seven years ago.

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Happy now for tea party help, GOP faces challenges

By Charles Babington, Associated Press

The Republican Party that's showing its face to America this week is a restless institution that relies heavily on the uncompromising passions of tea partyers, anti-immigration activists and social conservatives. It's a potent but unruly coalition that supplies vital energy today but poses serious challenges for the future.

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Election is a test of competing worldviews

By James Kitfield, National Journal

When President Obama and Mitt Romney meet in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 22 to debate foreign policy, they will face a challenge to differentiate their positions beyond the now-familiar narratives.

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

By John Harris and Alexander Burns, Politico

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.

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Aug 27, 2012

Poll: Obama, Romney neck-and-neck ahead of party conventions

By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, The Washington Post

The Republican National Convention opens this week with President Obama and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney running evenly, with voters more focused on Obama’s handling of the nation’s flagging economy than on some issues dominating the political debate in recent weeks.

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