August 24th, 2012
09:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden's Tampa visit canceled due to storm

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's plans to campaign in Tampa, Florida, on Monday alongside the Republican National Convention have been canceled, his campaign said Friday, as the city braces for a tropical storm that could impact the convention there.

"This change in schedule is being taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm, as well as those attending the activities in Tampa," the Obama-Biden campaign said in a statement.
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Kid Rock rallies for Ryan
Kid Rock performing at a June concert in Alabama.
August 24th, 2012
09:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Kid Rock rallies for Ryan

Pontiac, Michigan (CNN) - Kid Rock's presence on the campaign trail was felt long before he appeared with Mitt Romney's running mate Rep. Paul Ryan at a fundraiser on Friday.

Just ask any campaign staffer or political reporter on the trail. His song "Born Free" has blasted from speakers at rallies since Romney launched his presidential bid more than a year ago, and it has been playing at Ryan events since he joined the Republican ticket.
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Huckabee rallies Missouri pastors to Akin's side, attacks GOP establishment
August 24th, 2012
09:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Huckabee rallies Missouri pastors to Akin's side, attacks GOP establishment

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Mike Huckabee participated in a conference call Friday night with hundreds of Baptist pastors and Christian talk radio hosts in Missouri that was organized to coordinate a robust defense of Rep. Todd Akin as he faces pressure from Washington Republicans to drop his Senate bid against Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Akin told reporters in St. Louis today that he would not quit the race.

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UVA declines Obama campaign speaking request
August 24th, 2012
08:26 PM ET
2 years ago

UVA declines Obama campaign speaking request

(CNN) – The University of Virginia declined a request by President Barack Obama's campaign to hold a speaking event at the university while campaigning in Charlottesville Wednesday, according to CNN affiliate WVIR.

According to a statement by UVA spokeswoman Carol Wood obtained by the Charlottesville station, the university denied the request to use either the McIntire Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza because the use of the locations would require closing buildings surround the site for the entire day, causing disruption to class schedules.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Virginia
Rubio keeps key speaking slot
August 24th, 2012
06:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio keeps key speaking slot

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Ann Romney will speak Tuesday evening at the Republican National Convention, a move designed to ensure a larger audience watches her prime time speech during the four day event that will culminate in her husband accepting the GOP nomination.

Ann Romney was originally scheduled to speak Monday - headlining the first day of the convention and creating a bookend effect with her husband. But the broadcast networks decided not to carry the first night of the convention, forcing the Romney campaign to scramble and find another night to showcase Ann Romney.
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It's not all politics and platforms
August 24th, 2012
06:16 PM ET
2 years ago

It's not all politics and platforms

(CNN) - It's politics, policy, platforms, planks... and pop.

They're political parties, after all, and the Republican National Convention on Friday gave some insight into who will be entertaining their thousands of delegates next week.
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August 24th, 2012
05:04 PM ET
2 years ago

John King's CNN/ORC Poll Cheat Sheet

Washington (CNN) - Tied in the horserace.

Tied among voters who call themselves independents.
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Republican mayor's pro-same-sex marriage ad to air during Republican Convention
August 24th, 2012
04:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Republican mayor's pro-same-sex marriage ad to air during Republican Convention

(CNN) – The Republican mayor of San Diego has announced plans to air an ad advocating for same-sex marriage rights during next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The spot, titled "Family and Freedom," comes after the Republican Party developed its official plank on gay marriage, which pushes for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marriage. The platform is expected to be officially confirmed at the convention next week.
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CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 24, 2012
August 24th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 24, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 24, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

TIME TO GET BY A TV: Embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) will hold a press conference in St. Louis County today at 5:15 p.m. ET. Watch CNN or CNN.com/Live.

BREAKING: ROMNEY CAMPAIGN CONTEMPLATING BUMPING RUBIO FOR ANN ROMNEY… The Mitt Romney campaign is considering a dramatic scheduling change for the GOP convention to guarantee his wife, Ann, a much larger national audience – but the shift could also cause tensions with a rising GOP star and Latinos, CNN has learned. If Ann Romney is moved to Thursday night, she would introduce her husband and bump Sen. Marco Rubio from that role. – Mark Preston and John King

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CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 24, 2012
August 24th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 24, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 24, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

TIME TO GET BY A TV: Embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) will hold a press conference in St. Louis County today at 5:15 p.m. ET. Watch CNN or CNN.com/Live.

BREAKING: ROMNEY CAMPAIGN CONTEMPLATING BUMPING RUBIO FOR ANN ROMNEY… The Mitt Romney campaign is considering a dramatic scheduling change for the GOP convention to guarantee his wife, Ann, a much larger national audience – but the shift could also cause tensions with a rising GOP star and Latinos, CNN has learned. If Ann Romney is moved to Thursday night, she would introduce her husband and bump Sen. Marco Rubio from that role. – Mark Preston and John King

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN's Gut Check
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