Republican National Convention

10:00am

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Conventions: The 'First Date' That Lasts For Days

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 2:01 pm

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.
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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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9:58am

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

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

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 11:15 am

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.
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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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5:55am

Mon August 27, 2012
Politics

Tropical Storm Isaac Delays Monday RNC Plans

The Republican National Convention was set to kick off today in Tampa, Florida - but because of the storm, the roll call nomination of delegates has been bumped to Tuesday. Depending on the weather, Mitt Romney is expected to address party delegates and the nation Thursday as the official candidate for President.

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4:49am

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Tempest in Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 7:12 am

Mitt Romney, who this week is set to accept the Republican presidential nomination, with wife Ann on Sunday in Wolfeboro, N.H.
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3:18am

Mon August 27, 2012
Election 2012

Watching Isaac, GOP Delays Opening Convention

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.

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