CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 28, 2012
August 28th, 2012
04:02 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 28, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 28, 2012 | 4 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: SATISFIED WITH MITT As Mitt Romney prepares to be nominated during tonight’s proceeding at the Republican National Convention, a new CNN/ORC poll finds that roughly seven in ten Republicans are happy with Mitt Romney as their nominee. Historically, that figure is not bad. In mid-August, 2008, more than four in ten Republicans said they would prefer someone other than John McCain as the Republican nominee.

President Barack Obama is on surer footing, however, with 17% of Democrats indicating that they would prefer someone other than the president to win their party’s nomination.

DEVELOPING: READY TO NOMINATE, WITH ONE EYE ON ISAAC... Mitt Romney arrived Tuesday at the condensed Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, as organizers kept a nervous eye on Hurricane Isaac churning toward Louisiana's coast. Among the planned events later Tuesday are the roll calls of the delegates that will show that Romney has locked up the necessary support for the party's nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in November. – Tom Cohen

(Answer below)
Sixteen convention keynote speakers – both Democrats and Republicans – have gone on to run for president. Only two have won their party’s nomination. Who was the one Republican?

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What caught our eye today in politics

Hurricane Isaac will be hitting New Orleans tonight as Ann Romney and Chris Christie take the stage here in Tampa, putting Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in a politically precarious position.

How does the campaign maximize two of the candidate’s strongest surrogates without appearing callous as Louisianans feel the wrath of this slow moving massive storm? Romney campaign officials told us that, if there is a need to do so, they are prepared to turn to the large GOP donor base that is here in Tampa to help raise money for relief efforts. And the campaign will also use its web site to help rally support for victims of the storm.

Right now, there are no plans to change the Republican National Convention's programming schedule, but the Romney campaign is watching the weather.

In a matter of hours, Romney will “go over the top” and secure the Republican presidential nomination, which will become official when he formally accepts it on Thursday evening. Accepting the nomination is the steak of the convention – the speeches are the sizzle. Tonight, as we watch these speeches, we will be looking for the “sugar and spice” – another food metaphor used by a Romney adviser a few short hours ago to describe the speeches by Ann Romney and Christie.

The Romney adviser told us, in a genuine tone, that Ann Romney’s speech is “about love,” while another top aide said her speech was “beautiful” and would even make us cry.

It will be “an opportunity for Ann to be introduced to the entire general election electorate” as voters now start to pay attention, the top aide said of the speech. It will focus on “Mitt as a husband, father and grandfather … the words are from the heart.” There is your sugar.

And now for the spice. Christie’s remarks are expected to be “bold and big” said the Romney adviser, who added that in his speech Christie “discusses the improbability of Chris Christie being here … delivering the keynote speech.” He will address his trademark style of being straightforward and blunt – a trait he inherited from his mother. And Christie will discuss “some of the challenges he faced in New Jersey and some of the challenges we face in America.”

We suspect the guidance provided by the Romney adviser probably doesn’t do it complete justice – you have to watch a Christie speech to get the full effect.

We will be watching the convention, United States democracy in action, and the storm as we pray for those in its path.

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Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: John King: Convention goal is changing voters' view of Romney
Romney's convention challenges are many, beginning with what his top advisers unanimously say is their overriding goal: improve his "image" scores - meaning how voters view him on questions of likability, empathy, and understanding the struggles of the middle class. – John King

Leading Drudge: Who Is GOP's Mystery Speaker?
Republican convention planners appear to have a surprise planned for those tuning in Thursday night. Buried deep in the convention schedule released Monday is a vague reference to a mystery speaker scheduled for the event’s final evening. “To Be Announced” has a prime speaking slot late in the Thursday program. – Colleen McCain Nelson

Leading HuffPo: Mitt Romney Marijuana Views Echo Long Progressive History Of U.S. Drug War
Campaigning in New Hampshire during the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked on several occasions whether he supported medical marijuana. He became visibly frustrated. "I have the same position this week I had last week when you asked the question," he said, before arguing fairly loosely that medical marijuana should be banned because it might lead to broader marijuana legalization, which might in turn lead pot smokers to try hard drugs. – Ryan Grim

Leading Politico: Who’s on the inside track for a Romney Cabinet
Mitt Romney said his Cabinet and White House staff will be stacked with men and women from the business world, but his top advisers sketched out for POLITICO a team composed of many familiar faces in Washington. Already on the inside track: several veterans of George W. Bush’s administration and a number of women — but not necessarily a single Democrat. – Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei

Leading Time Magazine: The Ascent of Ann Romney
… No matter what political ad makers might want us to believe, no one can be summed up in a single image or cartoon. This slice of New England’s upper crust is two generations removed from the grim life of a Welsh coal miner. Seemingly so Establishment, she in fact has a countercultural streak: in the era of free love and changing mores, she defied her parents by joining the conservative Mormon Church and getting married at 19. – David Von Drehle

The political bites of the day

- Obama on Hurricane Isaac: ‘Now's not the time to tempt fate’ -
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN A STATEMENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE: “I want to encourage all residents of the Gulf Coast to listen to your local officials and follow their directions including if they tell you to evacuate. We're dealing with a big storm and there could be significant flooding and other damage across a large area. Now's not the time to tempt fate. Now's not the time to dismiss officials warnings. You need to take this seriously.”

- Mitt has opinions on what Ann wears tonight -
ANN ROMNEY AT A PRESS AVAILABILITY IN TAMPA: “Well, frankly, I didn't realize that Stuart (Stevens, Romney senior adviser) had to weigh in on this - or my husband. It was going to be like my wedding night; I wasn't going to let him know what I was going to wear. But now they have opinions.”

- Boehner says both parties have gender issues -
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN’S DANA BASH: “The Democratic Party has a problem with men. If you look at this, we've had this gender gap, Democrats have had with men, Republicans with women, over the last 20 years. And it’s something I think both parties have to pay attention to, and clearly we do as well.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less


In 1916, U.S. Sen. Warren G. Harding of Ohio was tapped to deliver the keynote at the Republican National Convention because of his popularity within Congress’ upper chamber.

“We must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it ... and more concerned about what it can do for the nation,” said Harding. (Harding's line foreshadowed the similar one delivered by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.)

Harding - who that night helped nominate Supreme Court Justice Charles Evan Hughes for president - would go on to be the Republican nominee for president himself in 1920 and win the election. This win makes Harding the only Republican keynote convention speaker to win the party’s nomination at a later date.

Don’t tell that to Chris Christie, who will deliver the Republican keynote Tuesday night and has long been considered among the GOP heavyweights for 2016 and beyond.

Interestingly enough, only one Democrat has gone from the keynote address to the party’s presidential nomination. His name: Barack Obama.

(why aren’t you in it)

Congrats to Peter Ubertaccio, the chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, who e-mailed in his correct answer to Gut Check’s Trivia Question. Ubertaccio correctly answered that Warren G. Harding was the Republican who gave a keynote address and went on to secure his party’s nomination. Ubertaccio also got bonus points when he wrote that Obama was the Democrat.

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  1. The Unsub

    Is Robme gonna release his tax returns? Isn't it amazing that his wife has to convince the convention that Willard is human?

    August 28, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    65% of ALL Americans want Willard Capone to release more taxes.

    August 28, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |

    On November 6th, you'll know who the GOPers are, as, they'll be the ones voting whilst holding their noses.

    August 28, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. v_mag

    Multiple sclerosis, multiple miscarriages, multiple kids, and multimillionaires. Maybe she's a multiple wife, too. Never know about those Mormons. But collectively, the Rob-moneys are one big disappointment.

    August 28, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    TX redistricting map just struck down by unanimous ruling of 3 judge federal court panel, which found that it was INTENTIONALLY DISCRIMINATORY AGAINST HISPANICS.

    "It has nothing to do with Obama's race or the browning of America or trying to suppress minority votes" ...yeah right, my sweet sweet irish giblets it doesn't.

    August 28, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. truth hurts

    On November 6th, you'll know who the Democrats are, as, they'll be the ones voting with their heads up their backside.

    August 28, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. DENNA

    I think the Romneys are sweet, just not White House material. They cannot possibly relate to ordinary Americans. By the way, I understand that Rush Limbaugh is suggesting that President Obama is somehow responsibile for hurricane Isaac's coming at this time. Really Rush. Are you on oxycontin again?

    August 28, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    What's the matter CNN? The TX redistricting ruling putting a damper on your hopes of helping the GOP/Teatrolls sweep their minority voter suppression under ther rug?

    August 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Really Rush. Are you on oxycontin again?"

    I believe he just huffs Glade from a plastic CVS bag at this point.

    August 28, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Seven in ten rethugs? No way. I know born again christians who will not vote in November or if they do vote they are not voting for the flip flopper. It's pretty much anybody but the bully bishop.

    August 28, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @DENNA – they are not sweet. If that made up story at the last minute of his wife is anywhere near the truth how can a wife and mother not share their son's moment with daddy?
    Nope, I don't believe her story because they have lied and laughed at some things that are abuse. These people will do anything because "it;s their time" according to Huntsman daughter.

    August 28, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. DENNA

    @ truth hurts – On November 6th, you'll know who the Democrats are, as, they'll be the ones voting with their heads up their backside
    Which you won't see because you will have a rethugs head up yours, kissing it, until you vote for them. Then it's good by peasant.

    August 28, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |

    @truth hurts
    On November 6th, you'll know who the Democrats are, as, they'll be the ones voting with their heads up their backside.

    August 28, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |

    What's the matter? The truth hurts? LOL. Idiot.

    August 28, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    ""The speech is being reduced to a tweet,""

    Yes, the "DERP" heard round the world.

    August 28, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    The republicans always give me a laugh when they speak of diversity. We see your "diversity" when we look at the top of your ticket. Two white men with huge bank accounts and prominence in society. They think by placing minorities and women up front to watch their circus, they give the "appearance" that they give a d--n about anyone of another color. Good luck trying to fool people but in the meantime, I'll stay with the party who actually DID something and nominated a black man and a woman.

    August 28, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Tyrone

    Hey Mitt, how many black Elders are their out of 14 million Lds?? Thats easy son, 0 Why, caus dey black!! Hey are you going to vote for me, NO, Bishop Romney says why not, OH Thats easy, Caus Im Black!!!

    August 28, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Gina

    Love the photo: Nobody does phony and corny like alexithymic Mitt and scowled faced ANN-toinette.

    August 28, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Tyrone

    I find it SEVERLY Amazing that an African American can go to the Highest Office in this great Country, However he is not eligable to be an Elder in The Tabby Nackle Cult based solely on the Color of his skin. Revoke theie Tax Exempt Status, they are true BIGOTS living in 1948 Still !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. rs

    At this point what can people say? Mr. Romney is the Republican candidate and there is no way to change that at this point. They might as well embrace that point if they hope to win. Same with the Democrats. I would prefere a true liberal in that camp, but faced with the choice, it is pretty clear (to me) given the massive lurches to the right that the GOP has taken in recent years that the sensible, more middle-of-the-road ground is held by the Deomocratic Party.

    August 28, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    Just look at Willard and Ann laughing it up at OUR expense. Nothing makes the Romney's smile more than sticking the US taxpayers with the bill. Why any sensible American would want these people is beyond me.

    August 28, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |