McCain says the president missed a historic opportunity by failing to throw America's "full moral support" behind Iranian revolutionaries trying to oust "a brutal dictatorship that terrorizes the Middle East and threatens the world."
And he says Obama "is not being true to our values" when he abandons Syrians to "a savage and unfair fight."
"The demand for our leadership in the world has never been greater," McCain said. "People don't want less of America. They want more."
— Connie Cass —Twitter http://twitter.com/ConnieCass
STAY AWAY, BROTHER
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says his brother, the former president, is smart to stay away from the Republican convention because he will just become more of a target for President Barack Obama.
"The president has spent a lot of time and energy around this notion that 'I can't do anything about it. It's all Bush's fault. You know I'm trying, but it's not working because it's Bush's fault,'" Bush told ABC News. "Now we're in year four of a presidency, think back into American history, think of a president that is blaming his predecessor in the fourth year. So why encourage the bad behavior and I think my brother is smart to stay away."
— Stephen Ohlemacher — Twitter http://twitter.com/stephenatap
OBAMA NOT WATCHING
White House press secretary Jay Carney says President Barack Obama hasn't watched any Republican convention speeches — because "he has other things to do."
— Julie Pace — Twitter http://twitter.com/jpaceDC
Even though Isaac has moved beyond Florida, the hurricane's still having an impact on the Republicans meeting in Tampa.
Presidential nominee Mitt Romney is considering a visit to hard-hit Gulf Coast areas after the storm passes.
Several speakers Wednesday night mentioned the hurricane at the beginning of their remarks and promoted Red Cross relief efforts.
— Kasie Hunt — Twitter https://twitter.com/kasie
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