Republican National Convention 2012

The 2012 nomination convention for Republican Party will be held in Tampa, FL from August 27th - 30th. KUNC will be following the events along with The Colorado Statesman and NPR News. The Colorado Statesman is on site in Tampa, you can follow Ernest Luning on Twitter @eluning.

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6:42am

Fri August 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Fact Checkers Ding Romney On A Few Familiar Points

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 8:01 am

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Among the things the Republican Party's presidential candidate is hearing this morning about the address he gave Thursday night is that "in a speech heavy on anecdotal history but short on policy details, Mitt Romney avoided major falsehoods."

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5:41am

Fri August 31, 2012
It's All Politics

GOP's 'We Built It' Refrain Is Both Puzzling and Telling

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 7:53 am

Delegates filled the floor Tuesday during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
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10:59pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

A Fine Night For Romney, But No Game Change

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 11:17 pm

Mitt Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president at the party's convention Thursday.
Charles Dharapak AP

It's been the political world's obsession for weeks leading into the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Would nominee Mitt Romney manage what would be miraculous for any candidate, and in a handful of days and one big speech wash away the problems of a modern candidacy?

Turns out Romney's moment Thursday night was a fine one, if not a great one.

His speech continued the campaign's concerted effort to reach out to skeptical female voters, reminding the audience that his strong mother ran for Senate.

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10:27pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Five Takeaways From Thursday At The Republican Convention

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 4:42 am

Mitt and Ann Romney (center) are surrounded by family members and balloons at the end of the 2012 Republican National Convention on Thursday in Tampa.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

If you missed some of Thursday's action at the Republican National Convention, when Mitt Romney accepted his party's presidential nomination, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us (skip to the end if you only want to read about Clint Eastwood):

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4:57pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

New GOP Rule Aimed At Keeping States From Early Primaries In 2016

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:39 pm

On Jan. 31, the night of the Florida primary, Newt Gingrich spoke in Orlando, Fla., after coming in second. Florida Republicans violated party rules by holding the primary at such an early date. New rules will increase penalties for states that jump ahead of the party's schedule.
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Largely overlooked amid the convention floor fight over Ron Paul's delegates and the delegate selection process was another rule approved at the same time: It would harshly punish any large state that jumps the line on the primary schedule in 2016.

Looking at you, Florida.

This year, just as they did in 2008, Florida Republicans moved their presidential primary to late January in violation of the party rules. That triggered a calendar shift by the official early states — Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — all of which scrambled to move their own elections earlier.

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