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September 7, 2012

Weekly Show

Did Obama's appeal to the nation for a second term resonate? How did Democrats rebut Republican attacks? Plus what was Bill Clinton's ultimate contribution to the convention? Also, did Friday's job numbers boost or quell Obama’s post-convention shine? Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Peter Baker, The New York Times; Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News.

 

 

On the Webcast Extra: How did past political conventions compare to this year? Did both parties use their prime time effectively? Did their message reach independents?

Lessons Learned in Tampa and Charlotte

Gwen's Take

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.

Five Things to Watch in Charlotte

Gwen's Take

Charlotte, N.C. — We dodged a hurricane, survived the gripping humidity and thrived for a week in the belly of the beast — a national political convention that one first time attendee Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc), said reminded him of a trade show.

So let's rinse and the repeat, this time in the Tar Heel State, where Democrats are already descending to renominate Barack Obama. The incumbent gets the privilege of the last word when it comes to scheduling events like these. So expect much of what you see here to be reactive.

Democrats outline convention schedule

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Just when it seemed as if there could not possibly be any more red, white and blue speeches ringing across the airways from the convention floor, the Democrats are unveiling their counterpunch to the Republican show that has been under way all week in Tampa.

Obama team sharpens attacks on rivals’ character

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As the Obama campaign heads into its convention next week, Democrats see openings both to fill in unpopular details of Mitt Romney’s agenda left unsaid by Republicans in Tampa this week and to raise new questions about Mr. Romney’s character after widespread criticism of misstatements by him and his running mate, Paul D. Ryan.

Isaac Thwarts Democrats’ Romney-Bashing Plans

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The counterprogramming punch that Democrats planned to land on the GOP at its national convention has been pulled. The Tampa war room that Democrats opened on Saturday has fallen silent, a testament to the power of a tropical storm and the dispiriting optics of savaging an opposing party while convention delegates shield themselves from pelting rain and slashing winds.

Washington Week - Minneapolis Edition

Vault Show

As the eyes of the country turn to Tampa for the Republican National Convention, we take a look back to our August 2008 Minneapolis roadshow where presidential candidate John McCain picked running mate Sarah Palin just hours before. Joining Gwen: Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine; and Michele Norris, NPR.

PBS NewsHour: Labor Union Election Sheds Light on Embattled Future

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As local governments roll back employee pensions and benefits, the nation's largest public labor union is preparing for an internal leadership battle that could shape its external mission. Gwen Ifill analyzes the stakes with Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times and Alec MacGillis of the New Republic.

A 'Fine' Mess. Even Obama Loyalist Winces at Obama's Take on Private Sector

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When Jared Bernstein, Vice President Biden's former top economist, began reviewing notes of President Obama's press conference on Friday, he stopped cold when he read "the private sector is doing fine." "It caught my eye," Bernstein told National Journal. Bernstein immediately fired off an email to the intern who took the notes to make sure it was accurate and not a rough or garbled translation. "I thought, 'Did he really say that?'" To his dismay, the intern wrote back that those were Obama's words. Verbatim.

Joe Biden Recalls Death of Wife, Daughter

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Vice president opens up about past grief and thoughts of suicide.