Politics

8:12am

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Words, Good And Bad, Come Quickly To Mind For Many About Paul Ryan

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 10:07 am

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who tonight is set to accept his party's vice presidential nomination.
Jeffrey Phelps Getty Images

When we arrived in Tampa for the Republican convention, much of the buzz centered on vice presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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6:59am

Wed August 29, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Campaigns With One Eye On Hurricane Isaac

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:04 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.

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6:57am

Wed August 29, 2012
Politics

GOP Rising Star: Gov. Martinez Is A Former Democrat

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And we'll be covering the impact of Hurricane Isaac throughout the morning on the program. Let's turn now to Tampa and the Republican convention. This evening, delegates will hear from Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico. She's the nation's first Hispanic female governor. The GOP feels Martinez showcases the party's diversity. They hope she'll help attract Hispanic voters. But there's another reason Governor Martinez is a jewel for Republicans - she was once a Democrat. Here's NPR's Ted Robbins.

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6:44am

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

As Ryan Takes The Stage, He Gives Hope To Republicans, Democrats Alike

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

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, seen at a weekend rally in Powell, Ohio, is set to formally accept the GOP nomination to become Mitt Romney's running mate.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Like a lot of Republicans, Jane Jech is excited about Paul Ryan. Maybe even more excited than she is about Mitt Romney.

Ryan, a seven-term representative from Wisconsin and the chairman of the House Budget Committee, will formally accept the Republican Party's nomination for vice president on Wednesday.

His speech is expected to touch on all the hallmarks he's emphasized since getting the nod as running mate on Aug. 11, including the need to get the federal deficit under control, in part by curbing entitlement programs like Medicare.

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6:43am

Wed August 29, 2012
Election 2012

Ryan Won't Get All The Votes In Janesville, Wis.

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

People have been thinking quite a bit about politics in Janesville, Wisconsin, home of the freshly nominated Republican vice presidential candidate. Paul Ryan still lives in Janesville. His hometown is near the Illinois border. Its politics lean Democratic, although Ryan's own congressional district votes Republican. NPR's Don Gonyea talked to some of those who know and knew Ryan well.

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6:43am

Wed August 29, 2012
Race

Did Obama's Make Trayvon Martin Case More Divisive?

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 8:21 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says he noticed something about one of this year's major news stories. When Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, was killed by a white man in Florida, there was widespread dismay. And then President Obama spoke.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

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6:43am

Wed August 29, 2012
Election 2012

Mitt Romney Wins GOP Presidential Nomination

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, of course, the approach of Hurricane Isaac forced the Republican Party to scrap the first day of its convention in Tampa, but the events did begin in earnest yesterday.

Mitt Romney's wife Anne took the stage in defense of her husband. And New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a keynote address that capped the evening. The party also did something significant, though unsurprising: They made Mitt Romney officially their nominee.

NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson took in the action.

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5:03am

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Republicans Reach Out To Women More In Convention Programming Than Platform Writing

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 8:36 am

Georgia delegates Ruby Robinson (right) and Kathy Noble hold signs and cheer during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., where a parade of female officials and officeholders appeared on stage Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

In case you missed it, the theme here in Tampa at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday was: "We Built It." Intended as a reference to building a business, the three words also suggested another construction project under way — a bridge to female voters.

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3:18am

Wed August 29, 2012
Presidential Race

The Risks And Rewards Of Romney's Faith Story

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:04 am

Mitt Romney rarely talks about his Mormon faith.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Mitt Romney's speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday will be his chance to tell his story to the world. Perhaps the most unique part of that story is his devout Mormon faith.

Romney comes from a prominent Mormon family. He's held important leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But he rarely talks about his faith. When he does, he seems uncomfortable.

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12:56am

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Ann Romney Delivers: 'She May Have Privilege, But She Understands'

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 8:17 am

Supporters react during Ann Romney's speech on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

A soft murmur of familiarity rippled through the packed GOP convention hall Tuesday night when Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, spoke not of their "storybook marriage" but of one touched by cancer, multiple sclerosis and the trials of raising five sometimes screaming children.

"A storybook marriage? Not at all," she said, during her much anticipated prime-time speech. "What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."

It was that moment that encapsulated the job that Ann Romney had to do, and how well she managed it.

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