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Roll call underway, Romney on brink of nomination

Aug 28, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney is on the brink of winning the Republican presidential nomination.

The roll call of states has begun at the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla. Each state is declaring how many of its votes Romney will receive.

It takes 1,144 for him to win the nomination and he's ...

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GOP OKs platform barring abortions, gay marriage

Aug 28, 2012

By ALAN FRAM and PHILIP ELLIOT, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their national convention Tuesday that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to energize the ...

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THE RACE: Long hard road to GOP nomination ending

Aug 28, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

The road to the GOP presidential nomination has been long and winding.

But it was ending Tuesday as delegates formally nominate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to challenge President Barack Obama.

It's hard to remember that little over a year ago, Minnesota ...

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LA mayor hits Republican efforts to woo Latinos

Aug 28, 2012

By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic mayor of Los Angeles says Republican efforts to use Latino speakers at the GOP national convention to win over Hispanic voters won't work.

Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah) told reporters Tuesday that the GOP "can't ...

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GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan arrives in Florida

Aug 28, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan huddled with aides, tweaked his speech and did final practice runs for what will be his national introduction as Mitt Romney's running mate when he addresses the GOP convention Wednesday.

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Obama: Americans ready to help out during Isaac

Aug 28, 2012

By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — As Hurricane Isaac neared the Gulf Coast, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Americans will help each other recover, "no matter what this storm brings."

"When disaster strikes, we're not Democrats or Republicans first, we ...

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Ryan opposed new, Obama-backed disaster aid regime

Aug 28, 2012

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, there should be plenty of money — some $1.5 billion — in federal disaster aid coffers, thanks, in part, to a new system that budgets help for victims of hurricanes, tornadoes and floods before ...

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FACT CHECK: "Anti-colonial" Obama not plausible

Aug 28, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — "2016: Obama's America," a new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obama's political views, took in $6.2 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies of last weekend. The film, written and narrated by conservative ...

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Romney to outline 'clear vision' for presidency

Aug 28, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — His convention speech finished, Republican Mitt Romney planned to outline a "clear vision of a Romney presidency" in a Thursday night address that's likely to touch on the storm bearing down on the Gulf Coast.

Strategists ...

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NY Catholic cardinal to offer prayer at DNC, RNC

Aug 28, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he's now giving the closing prayer at both the Democratic and Republican conventions.

The New York Roman Catholic leader made the announcement Tuesday through his spokesman.

After GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced last week that Dolan ...

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Santorum criticizes Obama on welfare reform

Aug 28, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rick Santorum was one of Mitt Romney's toughest foes during the GOP presidential race, but the former Pennsylvania senator plans to help Romney appeal to the party's conservative base when he addresses the Republican National Convention.

His speech Tuesday is expected to focus ...

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Christie Denies He Didn't Think Romney Could Win

Aug 28, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is denying a published report that he had turned down an offer to be Mitt Romney's running mate because he didn't think Romney could win the presidential race.

Christie made the denials Tuesday in a round of television interviews, in which he was ...

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Democratic super PAC ad tries to undercut Romney

Aug 28, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic super PAC supporting President Barack Obama is releasing a new TV ad that aims to undermine Republican Mitt Romney's appeal to middle-class workers as Republicans gather for their convention in Tampa, Fla.

The ad by Priorities USA Action features a Massachusetts ...

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WATCHING THE SHOW: Mitt Romney, trying to connect

Aug 28, 2012

By MICHAEL ORESKES, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If the presidential election were held today, Romney and Obama would be more or less tied, the latest polls show. But on one voter test, Obama has a clear advantage:

Who would you rather have a beer with?

Or, if you don't drink (as Romney ...

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Barbara Bush set the stage for nominees' wives

Aug 28, 2012

By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expecting Ann Romney and Michelle Obama to pick out a nice frock and take the stage to assure Americans that their men are swell husbands and fathers may sound like a holdover from the 1950s, but it's a relatively recent convention tradition.

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The Trick for GOP: Being Heard Above Isaac's Gales

Aug 28, 2012

By ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaac forced the Republicans to do what the Democrats had already done voluntarily: shorten their national convention from four days to three. But the show, as they say, must go on. Political conventions are calibrated theater,

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Between convention speeches come the campaign ads

Aug 28, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is "taxing wheelchairs and pacemakers." Mitt Romney would bring "an end to the Medicare promise." The Democratic incumbent has "hurt" the middle class and hasn't done "what we need him to do." If the Republican challenger ...

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Paul delegates mounting floor fight over new rules

Aug 27, 2012

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ron Paul's delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions.

They are getting help from other ...

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Hurricanes hold election-year peril for candidates

Aug 27, 2012

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politicians know every hurricane means avoiding disaster — including their own.

Intent on showing the empathy and crisis leadership voters want, Republicans from Mitt Romney to Southern governors scrambled to shape their tone and tactics Monday as ...

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CONVENTION WATCH: Romney on his way, polls tight

Aug 27, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Around the 2012 Republican National Convention and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details to you:

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TAMPA-BOUND

Mitt Romney will be on the way to Florida on Tuesday — the day his wife's scheduled to give her speech at the ...

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