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Biden: Obama leadership saved auto plants

Aug 31, 2012

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden mounted the Democratic counterpoint to the Republican presidential ticket Friday, drawing attention to the Obama administration's rescue of the auto industry and portraying GOP presidential ...

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Democrats encounter bumps on the road to Charlotte

Aug 31, 2012

By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Democrats from around the country gather next week in Charlotte to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term, some may not feel completely at home despite the Southern hospitality.

While the party was eager last year to pick ...

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Campaigns cast Obama, Romney as 'the other'

Aug 31, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans cast President Barack Obama as an executive who takes his cues from Europe, poses a threat to the traditional family and is unfamiliar with American staples like garage sales and lemonade stands.

In speeches and commentary this ...

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THE RACE: Both campaigns busy during weekend lull

Aug 31, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

In the short break between conventions, President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney are dashing around the country trying to make the most of the next few days.

Newly anointed Republican nominee Romney is angling to catch the crest of a hoped-for surge in the polls ...

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Romney campaign launches donation by text message

Aug 31, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is accepting campaign contributions by text message.

The campaign's new "text-to-donate" operation, announced Friday, allows mobile phone users to make $10 donations by texting the word "GIVE" to 37377. The Romney campaign said the program ...

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Obama to visit Louisiana Monday in wake of Isaac

Aug 31, 2012

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit Louisiana on Monday to examine water and wind damage in the wake of Isaac.

White House spokesman Jay Carney announced the trip aboard Air Force One as Obama flew to Texas on Friday to speak to U.S.

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Not in Romney speech: Afghanistan, Social Security

Aug 31, 2012

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security. Medicare. Iraq. Afghanistan. Illegal immigration.

They're all costly to taxpayers and the next president presumably will have to address them to one degree or another. Yet GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made no mention ...

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Oops! Florida Sen. Rubio endorses more government?

Aug 31, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tea party favorite Marco Rubio had one of those did-he-just-say-that moments by jumbling words in his Republican National Convention speech to accidently advocate for bigger government at the expense of liberty.

The Florida senator's flub came in a nationally televised address ...

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Romney homestretch game plan: jobs, jobs, jobs

Aug 31, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — His convention behind him, Mitt Romney enters the campaign homestretch with a singular goal: convince Americans disappointed with President Barack Obama that the Democrat is to blame for the stagnant economy and that only he can fix it.

"You know ...

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Analysis: Romney to voters: trust me on details

Aug 31, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans wrapped up their "trust me" convention, sending presidential nominee Mitt Romney into the final weeks of a campaign that is long on promises and strikingly short on details.

When his wife, Ann, kicked things off by declaring ...

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Ann Romney: tasteful, conservative, appropriate

Aug 31, 2012

By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL, Associated Press

Ann Romney's tasteful, conservative and appropriate wardrobe largely reflects the image that she has carved for herself this week at the Republican National Convention. She wore dresses in bright red, pretty pink and, on Thursday, light blue — a gesture at ...

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FACT CHECK: Romney's deficit vow lacks specifics

Aug 31, 2012

By CALVIN WOODWARD and TOM RAUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney promised he would cut deficits and put America on track to a balanced budget as president, but he left voters to take it on faith that he could deliver. The details behind that pledge, and the painful spending choices ...

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Romney makes Mormonism part of his big night

Aug 31, 2012

By RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press

After keeping his religious beliefs mostly private, Mitt Romney highlighted his dedication to his faith in his own remarks and through the heartfelt testimony of friends Thursday night as he became the first Mormon nominee for president on a major party ticket.

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CONVENTION WATCH: Party's over, race is on

Aug 31, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Convention Watch shows you the 2012 political conventions through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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NOW THE HARD PART

The balloons are popping, one by one. Just ...

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Eastwood goes off-script in Romney endorsement

Aug 30, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Clint Eastwood, the Hollywood filmmaker who knows all about sticking to the script, turned in a bizarre, unscripted endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney Thursday night.

Standing on the convention stage with an empty chair, Eastwood carried on ...

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Quotes from Romney's acceptance speech

Aug 30, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Quotes from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance speech:

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"When every new wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom just ninety miles from Castro's tyranny, these new ...

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Rubio says Romney knows what makes America great

Aug 30, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says Mitt Romney knows what makes America exceptional.

Rubio told the GOP convention Thursday night that Romney understands prosperity doesn't happen because the government spends more money, that it happens because people use their own money to open ...

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Mixed legacy of George W. Bush hovers over Tampa

Aug 30, 2012

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Where is George W. Bush?

The last Republican president was a no-show at the Republican convention this week. And the party that he led for eight years barely mentioned him — or his record.

Nevertheless, Bush's fiscal legacy — including ...

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Jeb Bush defends his brother, former president

Aug 30, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says President Barack Obama should stop blaming his brother, former President George W. Bush, for the country's economic woes.

Bush said a real leader would accept responsibility for his own policies.

Bush told the GOP convention Thursday night that ...

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Gingrich: We need 'real leadership' in White House

Aug 30, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says it's time to put "real leadership" back in the White House this November.

Gingrich stood by his wife, Callista, when he told delegates Thursday night that it is "striking" how President Barack Obama took the nation down a path that, he ...

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