Politics

5:46am

Thu August 30, 2012
Election 2012

Ryan Tells GOP Delegates U.S. Needs A Turnaround

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:53 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

But now to Tampa, where this evening Mitt Romney will formally accept his party's nomination for president.

Last night, though, the stage belonged to vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. In a campaign, it often falls to the running mate to be the attack dog and Ryan sounded up for the job. It was also a chance for the rising GOP star to defend his own ideas.

Here's NPR's national correspondent Mara Liasson.

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5:46am

Thu August 30, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Courts Veterans At American Legion Convention

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 7:00 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, as Isaac moves north from Louisiana, it could affect other parts of the country, and we'll be following that story as it develops.

The other big story we have been following this week is the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Today is the final day, and it's an important one for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He'll officially accept the nomination this evening. Yesterday, Romney took a break from the hubbub of the convention to do a little campaigning elsewhere. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on his getaway.

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12:22am

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Ryan Rips Obama, Sets Table For Romney

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:52 am

Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks Wednesday at the Republican National Convention.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

With a jutting chin and growing fearlessness, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered a GOP convention takedown of President Obama Wednesday night, catapulting an already ugly campaign to a whole new level.

At times pugnacious, at times seemingly emotional (he wiped away tears when talking about his mother), Ryan, 42, a Wisconsin congressman, used his well-crafted speech to characterize the nation's president and his bright promise as old, played out.

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6:31pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

As It Happened: Wednesday At The Republican Convention

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:37 am

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan waves with his family Wednesday at the GOP convention in Tampa. Also on stage: his daughter Liza, sons Charlie and Sam Ryan, wife Janna and mother Elizabeth.
Win McNamee Getty Images
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Hello from Tampa, where tonight Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin accepted the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination and told the nation that if he joins Mitt Romney in the White House they will work to solve the nation's problems, not blame them on others.

"We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead," he said. "We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles."

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6:26pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Hits Reddit, Talks White House Beer Recipe, Crashes Servers

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:15 pm

President Obama waves to supporters during a campaign stop Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va. He later participated in a question-and-answer session on Reddit.
Alex Wong Getty Images

With Republicans dominating political news coverage from their national convention in Florida, President Obama took to the popular social news site Reddit Wednesday afternoon for a surprise Q-and-A with users.

The wide-ranging discussion touched on issues from Internet freedom to space travel to the most difficult decision of his presidency (which Obama said was sending more troops to Afghanistan).

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4:57pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Politics

Republican 'Party' Takes On New Meaning At RNC

Nominating the presidential and vice-presidential candidates is just part of the business conducted at a party convention. Delegates and guests also spend time attending workshops and policy sessions. And then there's the partying — lots of partying.

4:57pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Politics

Moderate Republicans Lost In GOP's Official Platform

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 6:06 pm

Two moderate Republicans — former congressmen Mike Castle of Delaware and Tom Davis of Virginia — wonder whether that wing of their party can survive. In years past the party had a component referred to as "Rockefeller Republicans" — named after former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. The group tended to work well with middle of the road Democrats.

4:57pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Presidential Race

Paul Ryan's RNC Speech The Biggest Of His Career

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 6:06 pm

Tonight is Paul Ryan's night. The Vice Presidential nominee will address the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Mara Liasson joins Audie Cornish to talk about the candidate, his politics and policies.

4:36pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

In Iowa Ad War, It's Heartstrings Vs. Heartstrings

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 5:51 pm

4:29pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Some Gay Republicans See Platform Setback As Sign 'Victory Is Near'

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:23 pm

Log Cabin Republicans hosted a Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry brunch in Tampa on Wednesday.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

A day after their party embedded a tough, anti-same-sex-marriage stance in its official platform — one shared by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney — gay Republicans shrugged (virtually) and suggested that the intensity of the intraparty fight over the issue means victory is near.

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