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It's All Politics
9:51 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Romney Campaign Official: We Could Win Without Florida

There are lots of ways to get to 270 and they don't all involve Florida's 29 electoral votes, according to Rich Beeson, the national political director for the Mitt Romney Campaign.

Beeson, speaking with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Tuesday, says the Sunshine State would be nice to have in the red column, but it's not a sine qua non for clinching victory in November.

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Politics
9:23 am
Tue August 28, 2012

N.H. Politicians and Business Owner Scheduled To Speak At GOP Convention

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention, joined by a Hudson businessman.

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It's All Politics
8:36 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 10:09 am

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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It's All Politics
6:55 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Romney's Forces Are In Control For Now, But Maybe Not Forever

In Tampa Tuesday, a colorfully dressed delegate spoke to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:38 am

When the Republican National Convention finally gets underway today here in Tampa, it will renew a civil war that's been raging — off and on — for more than a century.

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Around the Nation
5:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Swing County Plays Role In Fla. Elections

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 am

Clearwater, Fla., is in the swing county of Pinellas. That county went to George W. Bush in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008. Now it's up for grabs. Steve Inskeep talks to Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos about voters' concerns there.

Election 2012
5:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

GOP Convention Delegates Ready To Roll In Tampa

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

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Election 2012
5:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

GOP Wants Convention To Define Romney Before Fall Debates

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Having sidestepped a storm in the Gulf, the Republican Convention begins a day late in Tampa. Organizers are hoping to give the public a better feel for a presidential candidate that many have been reluctant to embrace.

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Business
5:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

App Answers: Who's Paying For That Political Ad?

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now that Isaac has passed by Tampa, the Republican National Convention gets underway today, but voters living in swing sates have already heard plenty of messages from both political parties - unprecedented waves of ads.

NPR's Steve Henn reports there is an app - an application that can help you figure out who's behind them.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: If this is what your TV sounds like...

(SOUNDBITE OF AD)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

ANNOUNCER #1: Two wars. Tax cuts for millionaires. Death.

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Election 2012
3:58 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Gov. Haley Gets Prime-Time Convention Speaking Slot

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley campaigns in Ann Arbor, Mich., on July 31 for Mitt Romney.
Charles V. Tines AP

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 am

Among the speakers with a prime-time slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The speech could propel her into national politics.

The talk about Haley always mentions her gender, her age — 40 — and her race — Indian-American. She wears the labels proudly, and for $19.95 you can read all about them in her memoir Can't Is Not an Option. But there's another label Haley likes: fighter.

On Comedy Central not long ago, she mixed it up with fellow South Carolinian Stephen Colbert:

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It's All Politics
6:37 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

The Florida Delegation's Snowy Day

A police boat patrols the waterways in the downtown area Monday in Tampa, Fla., site of the Republican National Convention.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:56 pm

It's the closest these Floridians will ever get to an actual snow day.

The threat of Isaac canceled most official business at the Republican National Convention Monday. But the storm went west, sending a little wind and rain to Tampa. The typical summer afternoon thunderstorm is worse.

So members of Florida's delegation were free to engage in a political snowball fight — they ate, partied and trashed a political traitor: former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist.

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Law
6:23 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Judge Halts Ohio Law That Could Discount Votes

A judge has given Ohio unions a preliminary injunction stopping a new state law that could endanger provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct, even if the cause is poll worker error.

It's All Politics
5:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ron Paul's Faithful Continue To Make Noise; Floor Fight Tuesday?

Ron Paul supporters pose with posters on the floor of the RNC on Monday in Tampa. They put "Ron Paul" over the word "We" on a GOP sign that says "We Can Do Better."
Liz Halloran NPR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:06 pm

Oh, Isaac. How good you've been to the Ron Paul Revolution!

With 24 hours of nothing officially happening at the GOP convention in Tampa because of Tropical Storm Isaac, Ron Paul supporters for the second time in as many days made themselves the center of attention at Mitt Romney's big nomination party.

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It's All Politics
5:25 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Herman Cain And His ABCs: He Sees Blacks Turning To The GOP

Herman Cain on Monday at the Tampa Convention Center.
Mark Memmott NPR

Why is one-time Republican presidential contender Herman Cain optimistic about the GOP bringing more African-Americans into its tent?

Because "a lot of people in this country have not realized or it does not get picked up in the polls [that] some black people can think for themselves," he said Monday afternoon. "They don't have to be told what to think and who to vote for and they are responding to the facts."

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Election 2012
5:03 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

GOP Convention Officially Opens, Then Adjourns

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Melissa Block talks to Robert Siegel about the postponed Monday opening session of the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.

Election 2012
5:02 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

GOP Delegates Learn Policy From Gingrich At 'Newt U'

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Every day at the convention in Tampa, Newt Gingrich — the former House Speaker and a former college professor — will hold a two hour policy workshop.

Election 2012
5:01 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Republicans Must Do More With Less At Convention

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Mara Liasson joins Audie Cornish from the Republican National Convention hall in Tampa, Fla.

Presidential Race
4:46 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Romney, Obama Divided On Wind Energy Tax Credit

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

President Obama is headed to Iowa on Tuesday where he will likely talk about wind energy. The president says he'll continue tax credits for wind energy and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he won't.

Monkey See
4:36 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

'2016: Obama's America' Shows Up Strong When Most Box Office Is Weak

A promotional poster is seen at the Rave Fairfax Corner movie theater in Fairfax, Virginia, announcing the new movie "2016: Obama's America" that opened in theaters across the US, August 24, 2012.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 3:53 pm

The movie 2016: Obama's America just did something that's hard for any political documentary to accomplish: it took seventh place on the list of this weekend's highest grossing movies. Usually, when any documentary pulls in more than five million dollars, it's about, say, Katy Perry. But 2016 looks at the ideologies and global movements that it says helped intellectually mold the President of the United States from a critical, conservative perspective. And the ending imagines an America economically undone by four more years of an Obama presidency.

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It's All Politics
3:27 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

The Importance Of Not Fiddling While Rome Burns (Or Floods)

A sign was displayed on a highway near New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:01 pm

It's not unusual for politicians and show business producers to put off planned events in the face of tragedy or national disaster.

The Republican Party delayed opening day festivities at its national convention in Tampa this week because of safety concerns as Tropical Storm Isaac barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

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It's All Politics
2:21 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Officially, The Convention Has Begun; And The GOP's 'Debt Clocks' Are Running

Within minutes after being turned on Monday, the GOP's clock measuring how much the national debt had grown was moving up quickly.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:31 pm

With a bang of his supersized gavel, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus just opened the 2012 GOP convention.

And moments later with another bang of the gavel he declared it in recess.

As we've reported, tropical storm Isaac convinced Republicans to delay the real start of their convention until Tuesday.

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It's All Politics
1:37 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Though Small In Number, Protesters Take Aim At Both Parties

Turnout for Monday's protest rally and march in downtown Tampa was much lower than expected and rain drenched the crowd.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:16 pm

Organizers had predicted a turnout of thousands at a rally in a Tampa park Monday morning to protest Republican policies.

They ended up getting a better showing, as least early on, from the members of the media desperate to cover something — anything — on what was to have been the opening day of the Republican National Convention.

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It's All Politics
12:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Conventions: The 'First Date' That Lasts For Days

Final preparations were under way Monday for the opening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Democrats are holding their convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:01 pm

Even some Republicans don't think the loss of Monday's proceedings at their party's national convention in Tampa, due to Tropical Storm Isaac, will matter much in the grand scheme of things.

"The whole drama of the hurricane's very unique here," says David Woodard, a GOP consultant who teaches at Clemson University. "Suppose Isaac wiped out the whole convention — who cares?"

Conventions clearly are a diminished thing, Woodard says. They no longer decide who the presidential nominees are going to be, in anything but a strictly formal sense.

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It's All Politics
11:58 am
Mon August 27, 2012

McConnell's Message: On The Budget, The 'Missing Person Was The President'

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., checked out the Republican Convention stage in Tampa on Sunday. The backdrop is in honor of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died over the weekend.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 1:15 pm

Political conventions, even ones that have been delayed a day by a tropical storm, are all about getting a party's message out to the nation.

Minutes ago in the Tampa Convention Center, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky used a sit-down with USA Today and Gannett correspondents to restate one key argument Republicans have been making and will continue to make through Election Day:

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Election 2012
11:48 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Romney Campaign Not Giving Up On Black Vote

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'd like to thank my colleagues Viviana Hurtado and Jacki Lyden for sitting in for me while I was away. Like it or not, the final phase of this year's election season is upon us. The economy is so central to this year's presidential contest and reeling(ph) political discussions up and down the ticket that we're going to ask NPR's Marilyn Geewax to set the stage by reminding us about what the key indicators on the economy are telling us and how those compare to four years ago.

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Business
10:04 am
Mon August 27, 2012

As Conventions Begin, Where Is The U.S. Economy?

Sales of new homes, like this one in Palo Alto, Calif., rose 3.6 percent in July.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 2:52 pm

In late August of 2008, just as delegates were coming together for their political-party conventions, the U.S. economy was falling apart. Home sales were shutting down, employers were slashing payrolls, and financial institutions were lurching toward chaos.

Subsequent weeks saw political leaders and regulators fighting through one gut-wrenching day after another, trying to avert a complete collapse of global markets. On Sept. 24, Republican presidential candidate John McCain temporarily suspended his campaign to help Congress develop financial bailout plans.

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It's All Politics
7:53 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Trump: Romney Got A Laugh, But Birther 'Issue' Is No Joke

Donald Trump on Sunday in Sarasota, Fla., where local Republicans named him their Statesman of the Year.
Edward Linsmier Getty Images

The Donald isn't done yet with the "birther" conspiracy.

Developer/reality show star/sort-of politician Donald Trump brought his unique personality to Florida on Sunday and for at least a few minutes took some of the spotlight away from the Republican National Convention in Tampa and tropical storm Isaac out in the Gulf of Mexico.

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It's All Politics
6:49 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Tempest In Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle

Mitt Romney, who this week is set to accept the Republican presidential nomination, with wife Ann on Sunday in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 9:12 am

Political conventions are famed for focusing the nation's attention on one name, but at this year's Republican National Convention here in Tampa, that name is not the nominee's.

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Political Junkie
6:46 am
Mon August 27, 2012

From Goldwater To Palin: Memorable GOP Convention Moments Of The Past

Eventually it will be too late for Todd Akin to leave the Missouri Senate race and be replaced by a stronger candidate. But N.J. Democrats managed a similar feat with a Lautenberg-for-Torricelli switch after the deadline in 2002.
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 10:28 am

The Republicans hold their national convention in Tampa this week, Tropical Storm Isaac permitting, and it will culminate in the nominations of Mitt Romney for president and Paul Ryan for vice president.

Next week it will be the Democrats' turn, in Charlotte, N.C., and the renomination of President Obama and Vice President Biden.

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Election 2012
4:56 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Watching Isaac, GOP Delays Opening Convention In Tampa

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:18 am

Republicans have decided to delay the official start of their presidential nominating convention until Tuesday. Tropical Storm Isaac is causing weather-related issues around Tampa, Florida. As the convention is about to begin, polls show GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is tied with President Obama.

Election 2012
4:56 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Ron Paul Fires Up University Of South Florida Crowd

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:24 am

Rep. Ron Paul, who challenged Mitt Romney during the GOP primary season, hasn't endorsed Romney. Paul won't be speaking at the convention, which upsets his supporters. At Sunday's rally, thousands cheered the loudest when Paul repeated his anti-war message, and called for an end to the Federal Reserve.

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