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RNC 2012

RNC 2012

How To Be Gay And Republican

Gay conservatives explain their support for both Mitt Romney and marriage between gay couples.

Romney Finally Pivots In Tampa

He and his party speak to disillusioned Obama supporters. "Hope and change had a powerful appeal."

The Romney And Ryan Families Play With Balloons

After Mitt Romney accepted the GOP nomination, tens of thousands of balloons rained down on the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The young Romney and Ryan children and grandchildren couldn't resist having some fun on stage for the cameras.

Mitt Romney's Emotional Video Introduction

"I can't explain love. I don't know why it happens. I don't know why it endures," he says in RNC video reintroducing himself to America.

The Greatest Clint Eastwood Tweets

The actor went off script at the Republican National Convention today, yelled at an empty chair, lit up the crowd, and may have alarmed his TV audience. Twitter caught fire.

Rachel Maddow Baffled By Eastwood's RNC Appearance

"That was the weirdest thing I've ever seen at a political convention in my entire life ... and it will be the weirdest thing I've ever seen if I live to be a hundred."

Clint Eastwood's Epic Speech At The RNC

Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair for nearly 12 minutes tonight at the RNC in Tampa. And you thought televised political conventions were boring!

3 Stories To Make You Love Bishop Mitt Romney

On the final night of the Republican convention, former members of Romney's Mormon flock tell stories about his compassion. Here's the video. "When it comes to loving our neighbor, we can talk about it or we can live it: The Romneys live it."

Jeb Bush's "Milk" Speech

Because choosing a school should be just like shopping for milk, duh.

Romney's Message: We're Not Extreme

A diverse cast on stage and a speech that looks outward aims to reassure independent voters. After Todd Akin, presenting an acceptable alternative to women.

Who's The World's Foremost Balloon Expert?

More than 100,000 balloons will drop tonight on the Republican National Convention. Here's the guy responsible for the show. "It's like playing a piano."

Romney's App Gets New Life

Derided as a gimmick, the app is reborn as a tool for organizing and for pushing Romney's content on the social web. Supporters who downloaded it "have become our home base," sais Moffat.

Paul Ryan Sent GM CEO Letter In 2008 To Not Close Janesville Plant

Paul Ryan hit President Obama tonight in his speech for failing to keep open a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. The plant, however effectively closed in December 2008 and was put in stand by mode about a month before Obama took office. In this letter from June 2008 sent by Paul Ryan and the two Wisconsin Senators, Ryan asked the head of GM to reconsider closing the plant. The plant being in stand by mode leaves Obama open to the criticism it could have re-opened under his administration if the economy had improved. Obama had promised while visiting the plant in 2008 that it would stay open for 100 years.

Republican Convention Looks For A Star

Romney is at its center, but delegates are eager to hear from Rubio, Ryan, and other younger Republicans. Mitt is likable enough.

Mitt Romney Tells A Joke

Introducing his wife in a pre-taped segment, Romney jokes that Ann could take his place atop the Republican ticket — and that the press would like her better. Not bad!

Ann Romney: "It's Not Easy" On The Stump

"It is not easy on the wives, the children, the family, the friends because you see someone that you love being maligned, lied about, mistreated, abused, criticized." Miriam Adelson enjoyed the speech.

Juan Williams: Ann Romney Looks "Like A Corporate Wife," Hard For Me To Believe She Struggled

The Fox commentator said tonight -- in remarks that are sure to draw comparisons from conservatives to Hilary Rosen's snipe that Ann Romney "didn't work a day in her life" -- that Ann Romney "looks to me like a corporate wife. The stories she told about struggles are hard for me to believe. I mean, she's a very rich women."

Rick Santorum: "Hands"

Rick Santorum blew up Twitter tonight with his hands-on speech at the RNC. Here are the best parts.

Inside Maine's Convention Revolt

The unseated Maine delegates didn't get what they wanted, and the whole delegation walked out. Romney and Paul brass united in their irritation: They're "acting like three-year-old children."

RNC Primetime Speaker Gave Extensive PowerPoint On How To Build Your Business With Government Money

Small business woman Sher Valenzuela, who is running for Lt. Governor in Delaware, is giving a primetime speech tonight at the "We Build It" themed day of the Republican convention. Valenzuela gave a PowerPoint-presentation to the Wilmington Women In Business forum in April entirely focused on working with the government to get government contracts to build your business. Media Matters also found she gave a similar presentation again in May.

Convention Rebels Gain Ground For Floor Fight

"The last thing you want to do is poke a stick in the eye of conservative activists," says Brown. Romney camp tries to hold the line on a compromise.

Rubio Spars With Embedded Protesters

In a farcical scene, one protester after another stood up to shout at Rubio while he gave a breakfast speech. "Is there anyone else who'd like to give their opinion?"

Romney Camp Bets On Welfare Attack

Their most powerful weapon, a top aide says. "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers," says Newhouse.

New York Anarchists Hit Tampa

The most hardcore protesters took the bus down from New York City's core Occupy movement. Monday's chant: "Let us use the bathroom!"

Hear Mitt Romney's New Anthem: "I Built It"

Country musician Lane Turner performed a new song during soundcheck at the Republican National Convention. "I built it with no help from Uncle Sam."

Newt Gingrich Asks Chris Matthews If He Is A Racist

During an appearance tonight on Hardball, Newt Gingrich fired back at Chris Matthews accusing him of race baiting for calling Barack Obama a "food stamp President." "Why do YOU assume food stamp refers to blacks? What kind of racist thinking do you have," Gingrich said.

Ted Cruz: We Can Be "Thankful" For The "Blessing" Of Hurricane Isaac For Keeping Joe Biden Away

Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition yesterday in Tampa ahead of the Republican convention, the Texas GOP Senate hopeful said that Hurricane Isaac was a "blessing" and said Republicans could be thankful for it because it "kept Joe Biden away." Update Ted Cruz's campaign manager, John Drogin, sends over this comment on Cruz's joke: "I understand that the Democrats are very sensitive about jokes about Joe Biden, and for good reason. As Ted expressed the very same day, it is critical that everyone be fully prepared for any hurricane, and our prayers are with everyone in the path of Tropical Storm Isaac."

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