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Daily Archives: August 30, 2012

Mitt Romney before speaking at the Republican National Convention.

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Mitt Romney before speaking at the Republican National Convention.

Romney’s Promise: Renewal of Hope

Updated with the delivery of Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech The abbreviated three-day presidential convention of the Republican Party is closing with the posing of a choice. Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney. Old hope versus new hope. Obama is a good...

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Filmmaker Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention.

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Filmmaker Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention.

Eastwood Says ‘Go Ahead’ and Crowd Obliges

Delegates were spellbound by Eastwood’s comedy routine, in which he had a dialogue with an imaginary Obama in an empty chair. When he declared, “We own this county,” delegates gave him a standing ovation. When he said if a politician didn’t get...

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Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, arrives on stage to speak at the Republican National Convention.

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Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, arrives on stage to speak at the Republican National Convention.

Rubio: `Good Golfer – Bad President’

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is among the Republicans whom Mitt Romney was said to consider as a running mate. Instead, the junior senator from Florida is introducing the party’s presidential nominee tonight. And Rubio is sounding a theme that...

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A supporter in Leesburg, Virginia, on August 2, 2012.

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A supporter in Leesburg, Virginia, on August 2, 2012.

Obama Didn’t Say It Quite That Way

Tonight, we are hearing about the Bain Capital Children’s Charity. And Ray Fernandez, a Florida pharmacy chain executive, saying Bain has made life better. Then President Barack Obama, shown on the giant screen above the stage of the Republican National...

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Campaign signs sit on seats in front of a U.S. national debt clock at he Republican National Convention.

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Campaign signs sit on seats in front of a U.S. national debt clock at he Republican National Convention.

Romney: A Personal Alarm Clock

One of the white-digital debt clocks high above the convention floor in Tampa — the one measuring the size of the accrued federal debt since the start of the Republican National Convention here — has reached $8.233 billion and counting...

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush takes the stage to speak during the final day of the Republican National Convention.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush takes the stage to speak during the final day of the Republican National Convention.

Bush on Romney: `Nation at Stake’

Jeb Bush has said that this was his “window of opportunity” to run for president. Instead, the former Florida governor is on stage tonight to speak for former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts at the Republican National Convention in Tampa,...

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Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, right, wife Callista at the Republican National Convention.

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Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, right, wife Callista at the Republican National Convention.

Newt, Calista Gingrich: Reaganites

Newt and Callista Gingrich. In an homage to Ronald Reagan. On stage at the Republican National Convention where Newt Gingrich once hoped to appear in a different capacity — not to mention alone on the stage. Democrats have “crippled American...

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Delegates stand at the Republican National Convention.

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Delegates stand at the Republican National Convention.

Romney’s Test: Promise vs. Doubts

Republicans are preparing to nominate Mitt Romney for the presidency tonight, then leave Tampa in an unusual place: united in their animus toward President Barack Obama and yet somewhat lukewarm about their candidate. In conversations with several Republican lawmakers and...

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