Politics

3:53pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

I'm not in Tampa, and I won't be in Charlotte. But if you happen to be there, I hope you are filling your pockets with campaign buttons to send me — if for no other reason than to keep these ScuttleButton puzzles going and make America proud.

In that order.

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3:27pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

The Importance Of Not Fiddling While Rome Burns (Or Floods)

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:01 pm

A sign was displayed on a highway near New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Nam Y. Huh AP

It's not unusual for politicians and show business producers to put off planned events in the face of tragedy or national disaster.

The Republican Party delayed opening day festivities at its national convention in Tampa this week because of safety concerns as Tropical Storm Isaac barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

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2:21pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Officially, The Convention Has Begun; And The GOP's 'Debt Clocks' Are Running

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:31 pm

Within minutes after being turned on Monday, the GOP's clock measuring how much the national debt had grown was moving up quickly.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

With a bang of his supersized gavel, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus just opened the 2012 GOP convention.

And moments later with another bang of the gavel he declared it in recess.

As we've reported, tropical storm Isaac convinced Republicans to delay the real start of their convention until Tuesday.

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1:37pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Though Small In Number, Protesters Take Aim At Both Parties

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:16 pm

Turnout for Monday's protest rally and march in downtown Tampa was much lower than expected and rain drenched the crowd.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Organizers had predicted a turnout of thousands at a rally in a Tampa park Monday morning to protest Republican policies.

They ended up getting a better showing, as least early on, from the members of the media desperate to cover something — anything — on what was to have been the opening day of the Republican National Convention.

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12:00pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Conventions: The 'First Date' That Lasts For Days

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:01 pm

Final preparations were under way Monday for the opening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Democrats are holding their convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Even some Republicans don't think the loss of Monday's proceedings at their party's national convention in Tampa, due to Tropical Storm Isaac, will matter much in the grand scheme of things.

"The whole drama of the hurricane's very unique here," says David Woodard, a GOP consultant who teaches at Clemson University. "Suppose Isaac wiped out the whole convention — who cares?"

Conventions clearly are a diminished thing, Woodard says. They no longer decide who the presidential nominees are going to be, in anything but a strictly formal sense.

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11:58am

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

McConnell's Message: On The Budget, The 'Missing Person Was The President'

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 1:15 pm

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., checked out the Republican Convention stage in Tampa on Sunday. The backdrop is in honor of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died over the weekend.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Political conventions, even ones that have been delayed a day by a tropical storm, are all about getting a party's message out to the nation.

Minutes ago in the Tampa Convention Center, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky used a sit-down with USA Today and Gannett correspondents to restate one key argument Republicans have been making and will continue to make through Election Day:

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11:48am

Mon August 27, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Campaign Not Giving Up On Black Vote

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'd like to thank my colleagues Viviana Hurtado and Jacki Lyden for sitting in for me while I was away. Like it or not, the final phase of this year's election season is upon us. The economy is so central to this year's presidential contest and reeling(ph) political discussions up and down the ticket that we're going to ask NPR's Marilyn Geewax to set the stage by reminding us about what the key indicators on the economy are telling us and how those compare to four years ago.

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7:53am

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Trump: Romney Got A Laugh, But Birther 'Issue' Is No Joke

Donald Trump on Sunday in Sarasota, Fla., where local Republicans named him their Statesman of the Year.
Edward Linsmier Getty Images

The Donald isn't done yet with the "birther" conspiracy.

Developer/reality show star/sort-of politician Donald Trump brought his unique personality to Florida on Sunday and for at least a few minutes took some of the spotlight away from the Republican National Convention in Tampa and tropical storm Isaac out in the Gulf of Mexico.

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6:54am

Mon August 27, 2012
Political Junkie

From Goldwater To Palin: Memorable GOP Convention Moments Of The Past

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 10:28 am

Eventually it will be too late for Todd Akin to leave the Missouri Senate race and be replaced by a stronger candidate. But N.J. Democrats managed a similar feat with a Lautenberg-for-Torricelli switch after the deadline in 2002.
Ken Rudin collection

The Republicans hold their national convention in Tampa this week, Tropical Storm Isaac permitting, and it will culminate in the nominations of Mitt Romney for president and Paul Ryan for vice president.

Next week it will be the Democrats' turn, in Charlotte, N.C., and the renomination of President Obama and Vice President Biden.

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6:49am

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Tempest in Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 9:12 am

Mitt Romney, who this week is set to accept the Republican presidential nomination, with wife Ann on Sunday in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Political conventions are famed for focusing the nation's attention on one name, but at this year's Republican National Convention here in Tampa, that name is not the nominee's.

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