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Daily Archives: August 28, 2012

Shoppers buy memorabilia in the official RNC store.

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Shoppers buy memorabilia in the official RNC store.

Majority Views Romney Unfavorably in ABC News/Washington Post Poll

As he prepares to accept the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney has a likability problem. A majority of registered voters view him unfavorably, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll taken right before the party’s convention in Tampa, Florida. The...

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, at the Republican National Convention.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, at the Republican National Convention.

Christie, in the Automobile of Life

Governor Chris Christie has played New Jersey. Tonight, in his effective national debut, he possessed a grander stage. And this was the introduction: “I am the son of an Irish father and a Sicilian mother,” the keynoter of the 2012...

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Mitt Romney with wife Ann on stage at the Republican National Convention.

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Mitt Romney with wife Ann on stage at the Republican National Convention.

Ann and Mitt Romney: `Not Nervous’

Ann and Mitt Romney were kicking back, watching Fox News. She had a big speech tonight. He has one Thursday night. Backstage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa tonight, the party’s presidential candidate was on hand to see his...

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky brings down the gavel during last preparations for the opening of the Republican National Convention.

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky brings down the gavel during last preparations for the opening of the Republican National Convention.

McConnell Uses Roll Call to Promote His Old Kentucky Home

National political conventions may no longer bear any resemblance to the raucous, unpredictable gatherings they once were, but some vestiges from the past linger. Like the effort by many pols to brag on their states when announcing their delegate count...

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Rick Santorum salutes while speaking at the Republican National Convention.

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Rick Santorum salutes while speaking at the Republican National Convention.

Santorum’s Right to Life: Baby Bella

This is a party that has attempted to leave its debate over social issues behind in its divisive primaries. It’s a party whose platform clearly declares no tolerance for abortion. As a reminder of those primaries, and the platform, one...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes the stage to deliver the keynote address during the Republican National Convention.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes the stage to deliver the keynote address during the Republican National Convention.

Chris Christie: `Are You Stupid?’

Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is at his best unplugged. Christie, delivering the keynote address for fellow Republican Mitt Romney at the party’s convention tonight, will be sure to plug the presidential nominee in a well-crafted, highly scripted...

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Ann Romney during a walk through at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 28, 2012.

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Ann Romney during a walk through at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 28, 2012.

Ann Romney: `Real Marriage’ — Nominee’s Wife Testifies to `Love’

Tonight is Ann Romney’s turn in the spotlight. And tonight, she is talking about “love.” The wife of the Republican Party’s presidential nominee will address the party’s convention in Tampa tonight with a personal testament to the love they share....

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West Virginia delegate Brian Long takes a cell phone picture of a photo of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan during the RNC.

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West Virginia delegate Brian Long takes a cell phone picture of a photo of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan during the RNC.

Republican Big Wallets Will Watch Convention From Exclusive Club

Updated: 10:07 p.m. Mitt Romney’s top campaign financiers — about 1,500 of them — have their own posh perch in the Tampa Bay Times Forum from which to watch the Republican National Convention speeches this week. The two-level Channelside Club...

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Coal miners look on as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at American Energy Corporation.

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Coal miners look on as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at American Energy Corporation.

Romney Rally at Ohio Coal Mine Cost Workers a Day’s Pay

Mitt Romney posed before soot-covered coal miners at an Aug. 14 presidential campaign event in Ohio — workers who went unpaid that day as a result. For security reasons, Murray Energy Corp.’s Century Mine in Beallsville was closed for a shift during...

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