Politics

4:36pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Presidential Race

Michelle Obama's DNC Speech Met With Rave Reviews

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:56 pm

First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday that was met by thunderous applause, emotional tears, and rave reviews.

3:26pm

Wed September 5, 2012
It's All Politics

The Conventions' Version Of Reality TV

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:41 pm

They've been all over the political conventions this year — not just politicians, but "real people."

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3:12pm

Wed September 5, 2012
It's All Politics

The Democrats' Most Interesting Man: Bill Clinton In A Word Or Five

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 6:13 pm

New Mexico delegates Priscilla Chavez (left) and Carla Arellanes.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Ever see one of those Dos Equis beer ads featuring the "Most Interesting Man in the World," the dapper fellow of a certain age who fascinates all who meet him?

The Democrats' version of that guy will be the featured speaker Wednesday at their convention in Charlotte.

Yes, we are talking about former two-term President Bill Clinton, whose life of accomplishment, scandal, statesmanship and occasional political pettiness (just ask the man he'll be vouching for tonight) are the stuff of legend and lore.

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1:57pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Presidential Race

Dean On How Democrats Will Win The White House

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 2:35 pm

Thursday, President Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. NPR's Ken Rudin, former Clinton White House speechwriter Paul Glastris and former Reagan White House speechwriter Peter Robinson talk about what the president should say to make his case for reelection.

1:57pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Presidential Race

The Political Junkie Recaps The DNC So Far

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 2:35 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The forecast drives the Dems back indoors, a wildcard on the presidential ballot in Virginia, and Paul Ryan runs into trouble. It's Wednesday and time for a...

PAUL RYAN: Two hours and fifty-something...

CONAN: Edition of the political junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS)

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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11:47am

Wed September 5, 2012
It's All Politics

The Odd Couple: What Clinton Adds For Obama

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 7:45 pm

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton appear at a campaign event in New York in June.
Carolyn Kaster AP

In public, at least, they're the best of friends. And no one will have a more public role extolling President Obama than his Democratic predecessor, former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton, who has already been featured in an Obama campaign ad, is speaking tonight at the Democratic National Convention in what is traditionally the prime spot reserved for the vice presidential nominee.

"He's clearly the best asset the Democrats have," says GOP consultant David Carney. "Clinton is their best surrogate."

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11:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Democrats Pulling No Punches At GOP Rivals

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:05 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The Democratic National Convention is underway in North Carolina. We'll speak with the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, about some of the local issues mayors are thinking about as they gather in Charlotte.

But first we want to talk about the message the Democrats are trying to send from the convention podium. Last night's keynote speaker was San Antonio's Mayor Julian Castro. He shared his American dream story.

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11:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Thinks Local At DNC

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:05 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, there are a lot of college ranking guides out there, but we're going to tell you about one of them that says it rates colleges and universities on their value to you and to the country. That's ahead.

But first, we're following the Democratic convention in Charlotte, and while the spotlight is on national debates during the convention, we remember that old saying that all politics is local.

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11:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

In 1972, Davis Blazed Party Trail On Gay Rights

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:05 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, I had some thoughts about why we so love to show our scars. We, meaning the public and our leaders. That's my Can I Just Tell You essay and it's in just a few minutes.

But, first, it's time for our Wisdom Watch. That's the part of the program where we speak with those who've made a difference through their work and, in this political season, we're talking with a political pioneer.

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11:28am

Wed September 5, 2012
It's All Politics

With A Flip Of Her Hair, Julian Castro's 3-Year-Old Becomes A Star

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:12 pm

Carina Castro during the Democratic National Convention.
YouTube

There was one undeniably sweet moment, last night: As San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro got to the part of his speech where he mentioned his wife and his 3-year-old daughter, the camera panned over to Carina.

It seemed like she noticed herself on the big screens at the arena, because suddenly she stuck out our her tongue and flipped her hair.

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