Politics

4:13pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Presidential Race

Paul Ryan Makes Solo Campaign Debut In Iowa

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

Don Gonyea talks to Audie Cornish from the Iowa State Fair, where newly-minted GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan campaigned on Monday.

3:17pm

Mon August 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Hog Prices Rise On Word That Feds Will Buy Pork In Bid To Help Farmers

Hogs at a farm in Elma, Iowa (2009 file photo).
Scott Olson Getty Images

President Obama not coincidentally chose Iowa today as the backdrop for his announcement that the federal government is buying $170 million worth of pork, chicken, lamb and catfish to help producers who've been hit hard by drought-related increases in feed costs and by soft prices because of overproduction.

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1:40pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Election 2012

Will Ryan Help Or Hurt The GOP Ticket?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 3:55 pm

Transcript

LYNN NEARY, HOST:

And now, the Opinion Page. And Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing about Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate. His selection reshapes the race for president. That may be all they agree on. We'll read from our range of opinions in a few minutes, and we want to hear from Republicans today. Does Paul Ryan help or hurt the GOP ticket? Give us a call: 800-989-8255. The email address is talk@npr.org. And we start with NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. He's here with us in Studio 3A.

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1:39pm

Mon August 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Moderators Announced For Three Presidential Debates, One VP Debate

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:07 pm

CNN's Candy Crowley at a Mitt Romney campaign event during the Iowa caucuses in January.
David Holloway CNN

For the first time in 20 years, a woman — CNN's Candy Crowley — will moderate a presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.

The moderators for all three presidential debates and the sole vice-presidential debate were announced:

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11:56am

Mon August 13, 2012
Election 2012

Should Black Voters Give Romney-Ryan A Chance?

Many conservatives were ecstatic with Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Even though few observers expect the ticket to draw much African-American support, conservative Lenny McAllister says black voters should give the team a chance. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with McAllister and the NAACP's Hilary Shelton.

8:54am

Mon August 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Does Ryan Pick Help Or Hurt Romney's Chances In Florida?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:17 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., address supporters in Mooresville, N.C., on Sunday. Some pundits predict Ryan's selection will damage Romney's chances of winning Florida.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Here's the above-the-fold headline on Sunday's Miami Herald: "Ryan could hurt Romney in Florida."

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7:31am

Mon August 13, 2012
Political Junkie

Paul Ryan: Bold Move By Romney, More Ammo For Democrats, Or Both?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:07 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin greet supporters during a homecoming campaign rally Sunday in Waukesha, Wis.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

It was almost as if everyone dared Mitt Romney to make a bold move.

He couldn't possibly pick Ohio Sen. Rob Portman or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as his running mate, could he? Too boring, the critics said! Too white bread! Too uninspiring! The cover of Newsweek talked about Romney's "wimp factor." Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert — not that he played a leading role here — described a Romney-Portman ticket as "like the bland leading the bland."

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7:20am

Mon August 13, 2012
The Two-Way

It's Deja Vu All Over Again: Campaign's Focus Returns To Iowa

Rep. Paul Ryan, who has been chosen by Mitt Romney to be his running mate on the GOP ticket, greeting supporters Sunday in his home state of Wisconsin. Ryan will be in Iowa today.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Good morning.

With Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick now in the books (if you somehow escaped the news from the weekend, it's Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin), the presidential campaign shifts into a higher gear this week.

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4:41am

Mon August 13, 2012
Politics

Fla. Voters To Decide Contentious GOP Primary

Florida's 7th Congressional District was born out of redistricting. It pits longtime Rep. John Mica against freshman Rep. Sandy Adams. She has the backing of the Tea Party, but he raised more money. The contest has been particular nasty, with both candidates bringing distinct ideologies and styles.

4:37am

Mon August 13, 2012
Election 2012

Ryan Offers Bold Ideas To GOP Presidential Ticket

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan stopped off in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin Sunday. Ryan has represented Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District for 14 years. In that time, he's gained national attention for proposing sweeping changes to the way government works while also watching out for his constituents.

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