Republicans approve 'super penalty' measure to rescue primary calendar
August 22nd, 2012
04:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans approve 'super penalty' measure to rescue primary calendar

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The Republican National Committee moved Wednesday to enact harsh penalties for states that disrupt the carefully-ordered presidential primary calendar.

The effort to bring stability to a primary process that has been next to chaotic for two consecutive presidential cycles took place at a meeting of the RNC Rules Committee in Tampa, the site of next week's GOP Convention.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Nevada • New Hampshire • Republican National Convention • South Carolina
Presidential 'shoot around' at Obama Classic to raise $3 million
President Barack Obama holds a basketball given to him by the 2012 NCAA Champions University of Kentucky men's basketball team in the East Room of the White House in May.
August 22nd, 2012
04:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Presidential 'shoot around' at Obama Classic to raise $3 million

(CNN) - President Obama heads to New York City on Wednesday night to participate in the long-awaited Obama Classic, a basketball fundraiser with current and former NBA and WNBA stars.

Originally scheduled during the 2011 NBA lockout when basketball fans had nowhere to see their favorite players play, the event was canceled after the lockout was resolved and rescheduled for this summer.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
August 22nd, 2012
04:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Storm brewing for GOP

(CNN) - For Republicans, abortion issues linger and a tropical storm approaches. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Poll: All tied up in Wisconsin
August 22nd, 2012
04:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: All tied up in Wisconsin

(CNN) – A new poll is offering more evidence that the battle for Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes is up in the air.

According to a new Marquette Law School survey released Wednesday, 49% of likely voters in the Badger State say they'll vote for President Barack Obama, with 46% backing Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The survey's three point edge for Obama is within the poll's sampling error.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Wisconsin
Politics, parties keep some away from conventions
August 22nd, 2012
04:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Politics, parties keep some away from conventions

Washington (CNN) - When U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced in June that she would not attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, she joined a number of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle planning to skip the presidential nominating events.

Different reasons were given, but a closer look shows most are in tough races.

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Republican National Committee rejects push for closed primaries
August 22nd, 2012
03:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Republican National Committee rejects push for closed primaries

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Republicans rejected a measure Wednesday that would have ensured more ideological purity within the party ranks during presidential elections.

The measure, drafted by Indiana Committeeman Jim Bopp, would have rewarded states holding closed Republican primaries with extra delegates to the Republican National Convention, giving those states more muscle in the presidential nominating process.
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Romney: Obama wants to 'substitute' freedom
August 22nd, 2012
03:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Obama wants to 'substitute' freedom

(CNN) – Mitt Romney continued to hammer President Barack Obama over the president's controversial remark about business owners, arguing Wednesday that the president's administration has been chipping away at economic freedoms.

"It is free men and women that drive our economy. Freedom is what makes America work. And President Obama, bless his heart, has tried to substitute government for free people–and it has not worked, and it will never work," Romney said at LeClaire Manufacturing in Bettendorf, Iowa.
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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Iowa • Mitt Romney
Akin imbroglio is bad news for Republicans
August 22nd, 2012
03:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin imbroglio is bad news for Republicans

Washington (CNN) - If there is any silver lining for Republicans from the Todd Akin imbroglio, no one seems to have found it yet.

Election forecasters have downgraded the Missouri congressman's chances of winning the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Claire McCaskill because of his incendiary comments on rape and pregnancy.

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Filed under: 2012 • Missouri • Republican Party • Senate Race
CNN Poll of Polls: Race for president remains close
August 22nd, 2012
03:16 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Race for president remains close

Washington (CNN) - With just five days to go until the start of the Republican convention in Tampa, the race for the White House remains knotted up between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Wednesday, 47% of registered voters nationwide support the president, with 44% backing Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive GOP nominee.
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Filed under: 2012 • CNN Poll of polls • Mitt Romney • President Obama
A few memorable convention moments
August 22nd, 2012
03:09 PM ET
2 years ago

A few memorable convention moments

(CNN) – The political party conventions are considered a kickoff to the presidential election season - though the campaign has been going on for months, summer is winding down and Americans are beginning to pay closer attention to the race for the White House.

The conventions have served as a launching pad for future political stars like Barack Obama in 2004 and Sarah Palin in 2008. And from the convention stages came some memorable political speeches – sometimes regrettably memorable from the speaker’s point of view, as in the case of George H.W. Bush’s “Read my lips…” promise.

Here’s a look back at some of memorable speeches. What’s your most memorable speech? Add yours to the comments below.
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