Politics

12:05pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Election 2012

LGBT Republicans Say Their Party Is Changing

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, a storm threatens many of the same areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. We'll check in with the director of Homeland Security for New Orleans to find out how the city and its neighbors are getting ready. That's just ahead.

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11:53am

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Gov. Haley: Democrats's Attitude On Minorities Is Offensive

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 2:35 pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) after her sit-down with USA Today and Gannett editors in Tampa this morning.
Mark Memmott NPR

Saying that "it's offensive to me as a woman and as a minority" that Democrats portray the GOP as "the party that hates you" when they reach out to non-whites, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made the case this morning that it's the Republican Party that minorities should be looking to join.

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9:51am

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Campaign Official: We Could Win Without Florida

There are lots of ways to get to 270 and they don't all involve Florida's 29 electoral votes, according to Rich Beeson, the national political director for the Mitt Romney Campaign.

Beeson, speaking with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Tuesday, says the Sunshine State would be nice to have in the red column, but it's not a sine qua non for clinching victory in November.

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8:36am

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 10:09 am

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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6:55am

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Forces Are In Control For Now, But Maybe Not Forever

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:38 am

In Tampa Tuesday, a colorfully dressed delegate spoke to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

When the Republican National Convention finally gets underway today here in Tampa, it will renew a civil war that's been raging — off and on — for more than a century.

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6:28am

Tue August 28, 2012
Election 2012

Convention To Define Romney Before Fall Debates

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 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.

Having sidestepped a storm in the Gulf, the Republican Convention begins a day late in Tampa. Organizers are hoping to give the public a better feel for a presidential candidate that many have been reluctant to embrace.

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5:53am

Tue August 28, 2012
Election 2012

GOP Convention Delegates Ready To Roll In Tampa

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

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5:53am

Tue August 28, 2012
Around the Nation

Swing County Plays Role In Fla. Elections

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 am

Clearwater, Fla., is in the swing county of Pinellas. That county went to George W. Bush in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008. Now it's up for grabs. Steve Inskeep talks to Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos about voters' concerns there.

3:58am

Tue August 28, 2012
Election 2012

Gov. Haley Gets Prime-Time Convention Speaking Slot

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:32 am

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley campaigns in Ann Arbor, Mich., on July 31 for Mitt Romney.
Charles V. Tines AP

Among the speakers with a prime-time slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The speech could propel her into national politics.

The talk about Haley always mentions her gender, her age — 40 — and her race — Indian-American. She wears the labels proudly, and for $19.95 you can read all about them in her memoir Can't Is Not an Option. But there's another label Haley likes: fighter.

On Comedy Central not long ago, she mixed it up with fellow South Carolinian Stephen Colbert:

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6:54pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

The Florida Delegation's Snowy Day

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:56 pm

A police boat patrols the waterways in the downtown area Monday in Tampa, Fla., site of the Republican National Convention.
Scott Olson Getty Images

It's the closest these Floridians will ever get to an actual snow day.

The threat of Isaac canceled most official business at the Republican National Convention Monday. But the storm went west, sending a little wind and rain to Tampa. The typical summer afternoon thunderstorm is worse.

So members of Florida's delegation were free to engage in a political snowball fight — they ate, partied and trashed a political traitor: former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist.

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