Politics

10:23am

Tue August 14, 2012
It's All Politics

N.J. Gov. Christie To Keynote Romney's Convention

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 11:09 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 2011.
Evan Vucci AP

The man some Republicans once hoped would be their party's 2012 presidential nominee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, will instead deliver the keynote speech at the national convention that will make Mitt Romney the GOP's official standard-bearer.

Christie has won plaudits from Republicans for an everyman style, for taking on the New Jersey teachers unions, and for generally not suffering lightly those he considers fools — whether they're voters, members of the media or even some members of his own party.

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5:00am

Tue August 14, 2012
Election 2012

On The Road With Romney

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 6:37 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Paul Ryan's addition to the Republican ticket brings a number of advantages, including youth and conservative credentials. One thing he doesn't add is racial diversity. Yesterday, Mitt Romney was campaigning in Florida, a state where more than a third of eligible voters are minorities. NPR's Ari Shapiro offers this look at whether a ticket of two white men is a disadvantage in 2012.

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5:00am

Tue August 14, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Campaign Update

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 6:39 am

President Obama continues his campaign bus trip across Iowa. He's traveling from west to east, drawing sharp contrasts with the Republican ticket. Obama warned some jobs could be in jeopardy if a wind power tax credit is allowed to expire, as Romney has proposed.

4:45am

Tue August 14, 2012
Election 2012

Hecklers Interrupt Ryan At Iowa State Fair Stop

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 5:09 am

On Monday, GOP Rep. Paul Ryan made his first solo campaign trip since being named Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate. Ryan went to the Iowa State where candidates are a common sight. Ryan drew a big crowd but it wasn't always friendly.

3:26am

Tue August 14, 2012
Million-Dollar Donors

Melons, Squash, Cash: A Million-Dollar Donor Sprouts

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 2:22 pm

Amy Goldman, known for her gardens and her illustrated coffee-table books about plants, has donated $1 million to a pro-Obama superPAC.
Sandi Fellman

Amy Goldman is best known as the author of lavish books about heirloom tomatoes, squash and melons. Now Goldman is trying to cultivate a second term for President Obama.

Goldman wrote a check for $1 million to a pro-Obama superPAC — and gave another million to the political arm of Planned Parenthood.

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7:28pm

Mon August 13, 2012
It's All Politics

With Four Candidates Now Campaigning, 'Choice' Is The Theme

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:38 pm

Rep. Paul Ryan at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Monday.
Conrad Schmidt AP

With Rep. Paul Ryan officially in the mix as Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, the 2012 race for the White House was fully engaged Monday, as all four members of the two major-party presidential tickets campaigned in swing states.

Both President Obama and Ryan were in Iowa, while Romney, the all-but-official Republican nominee, campaigned in Florida. Meanwhile, Vice President Biden was in North Carolina, hitting a state the Republican ticket visited over the weekend.

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5:31pm

Mon August 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Favored In GOP Senate Primary, Linda McMahon Faces Critics Left And Right

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:12 pm

Connecticut GOP Senate candidates Rep. Christopher Shays and Linda McMahon shake hands at a June 14 debate in Storrs. State Republicans vote Tuesday on which candidate will move on to the general election.
Stephan Savoia AP

Two years ago, Republican Linda McMahon ran for an open U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut, spent $50 million of her own money in the process, and lost.

In an otherwise Republican year, the former top executive at World Wrestling Entertainment was easily beaten by Democrat Richard Blumenthal.

Now, McMahon is trying again — running for the seat of outgoing Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent.

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4:24pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Presidential Race

Medicare A Hot Topic As Romney, Ryan Hit The Trail

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:09 pm

Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan campaigned in different states on Monday. Ryan was in Iowa, where President Obama was also campaigning. Meanwhile, Romney was in the important battleground state of Florida. Some analysts believe that Ryan's budgets proposals — which make major changes to Medicare — could hurt the Romney/Ryan ticket in Florida, especially among older voters.

4:24pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney's VP Pick Shakes Up Presidential Race

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:09 pm

The selection of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan to be the GOP vice president candidate shook up the presidential race over the weekend. Mara Liasson joins Audie Cornish to talk about the campaign.

4:13pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Presidential Race

Obama Calls Out Paul Ryan Over Farm Bill In Iowa

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:09 pm

President Obama began a three day bus tour of Iowa on Monday. He held up the stalled out farm bill as an example of uncompromising Republican congressional leaders and an appropriate role for the federal government.

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