CNN’s Morning GUT CHECK for August 28, 2012
Will the threat from Isaac change New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's tone in Tuesday night's keynote address?
August 28th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
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CNN’s Morning GUT CHECK for August 28, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 28, 2012 | 8 a.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

Editor's note: This is a special morning edition of CNN's Political Gut Check that will come out twice a day for the duration of the political conventions.

BREAKING: PALIN FANS FLAMES FROM AFAR … On the eve of the roll call vote, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stokes the legions of Ron Paul activists by questioning a Republican National Convention rule change regarding pledged delegates. Weighing in overnight on her Facebook page, Palin called the rule change an “attack on the grassroots.”

“Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories,” Palin wrote. “That's why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It's a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected.”

In that same post, the former Alaska governor highlighted a Monday rally she attended for Kirk Adams, a Republican congressional candidate from Arizona.

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In a few hours, Mitt Romney will land in Tampa, Florida, to be on hand for his wife’s prime-time address, just as Isaac heads onto the Gulf Coast.

Tuesday, which is the “real” start of the Republican National Convention, is all about optics, and we are waiting to see if the Romney campaign is forced to make another scheduling change in the next few hours because of the storm.

Republican officials expressed optimism Monday afternoon that the truncated three-day schedule would proceed but also acknowledged the reality of the unpredictability of the weather.

“I will tell you we are going to be nimble,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told CNN’s Jim Acosta. “If we have to do anything to incorporate some of the occurrences around this into our schedule and program ... and what that means I don't know. I can just assure you we are moving on. We're planning on having all three days. We will be nimble if we need to be.”

With that, Gut Check is moving forward, with an understanding that things could turn on a dime. Heading into Tuesday afternoon, here are five things we are looking for in the next few hours.

1.) Romney’s visit. Once Romney lands in Tampa, what is he going to do? Will he spend the day making surprise visits to key delegations - think Florida, Ohio and North Carolina (which CNN just moved to a tossup state) - and will he huddle with his staff and convention organizers to determine the best course of action if the storm gets ugly?

2.) Ron Paul supporters? Will we see a unified Republican Party during the roll call vote Tuesday afternoon, or will Ron Paul supporters seek to disrupt it? Despite the best efforts by the Paul and Romney campaigns, some of the Texas congressman’s supporters are still miffed that his name will not go into nomination and are bruised from last week’s battle over 2016 delegates.

3.) Rising women stars. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Gov. Nikki Haley and then Ann Romney herself. Yes, Chris Christie is headlining the night, but we shouldn’t overlook the opening acts. In this case, we will be watching to see how effective Ayotte and Haley are before this national audience. And if Romney will be as effective at the podium as she has been in interviews painting a more compassionate picture of her husband. Will these women deliver a message that will help the GOP candidate chip away at the gender gap?

4.) Presidential tone. What will President Barack Obama’s tone be on the campaign trail Tuesday as the storm heads onto the Gulf Coast? Will he decide to forgo politics in the name of crisis management or continue to hammer Romney? Obama’s first event is at 2:10 p.m. ET in Ames, Iowa, and 7:20 p.m. ET in Fort Collins, Colorado.

5.) Red meat watch. Will the weather change Chris Christie’s tone? If Isaac threatens severe damage, an “attack night” may backfire politically. Christie was expected to show up with a big baseball bat aimed at the president’s leadership and policies. Will he leave it in the dugout?

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Leading CNNPolitics: Dem super PAC moves away from Bain attacks
The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA said a new television spot, revealed Tuesday, was part of an effort to cast Mitt Romney's policy proposals as bad for the middle class. Previously, the group focused on Romney's time at Bain Capital, painting the Republican presidential candidate as a coldhearted job killer. The latest spot, called "Olive," features a woman who voted for Romney in the 2002 Massachusetts governor election but now supports Obama. - Kevin Liptak

Leading Drudge: Ann Romney reveals Mitt's tender side...
The account of the Romney family's battle with her disease, which was diagnosed in 1998, came on the eve of a keynote speech by the 63-year-old Mrs. Romney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. - Peter Foster

Leading HuffPo: John Boehner backs Mitt Romney's false welfare claim
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Monday backed Mitt Romney's false charge that Obama has ended welfare work requirements. He said that the proximity of the policy to the election raised questions as to whether Obama was trying to shore up his base in advance of the election, a charge recently made by Romney and shot through with racial overtones. - Ryan Grim

Leading Politico: GOP still frets about Romney's image
Romney signaled in weekend interviews he is brushing off advice that he attempt a public image makeover this week to make himself more likable and more connected to voters at the human level. Some of the most experienced Republican strategists hope he doesn’t really mean that. - John F. Harris and Alexander Burns

Leading The New York Times: Business and political experiences pull Romney 2 ways on economy
When Romney declared during his unsuccessful campaign for the Senate in 1994 that the federal minimum wage should rise with inflation, a break with Republican doctrine, both Democrats and Republicans accused him of pandering to Massachusetts voters. Mr. Romney has now maintained that position for almost two decades, qualifying his stand as he sought the Republican presidential nomination but never relinquishing the view that inflation adjustments would be good for workers, good for employers and good for the broader economy. Binyamin Appelbaum

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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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  1. Jalen

    Don't put Christie's picture over the headline "Gut Check"... that's just to funny.

    August 28, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    He needs lots of food, USDA is going to be broke with idiot.

    August 28, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |

    Romney the tax cheat and atkins Ryan the teaparty extremest would destroyed Medicare and soc sec as we know it and ryans name is on the atkins bill as a co sponser , what more do you need to know ,vote Obama , we would be in a depression if it was up to the Gop extortionest. They would probably pass a birth control bill then a jobs bill ,except maybe one for China or India ,I think they already have !!!!

    August 28, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |

    Is that. The Gop blimp in the picture ??????? Yes yes yes,yes yes yes !!

    August 28, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. v_mag

    Describing Chris Krispie-creme as 'red meat' is not accurate. He is yellow fat.

    August 28, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. v_mag

    So, when are Mitch the Twitch McConnell and Blubbering Boehner gonna speak? I wanna hear them explain why they have done nothing but fool around with ACA repeal bills for 4 years. I wanna hear them explain why Congress has an all-time low approval rating. I want to hear them say, "Well, we did it. We sat on our hands for 4 years so that you guys could insist that Obama accomplished nothing. I trust you have all forgotten that it was us and George W. Bush who started the wars and caused the Great Recession?"

    August 28, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. WiredweirdinSF

    Lest there be any doubt about CNN Political Ticker being biased, note the headline and the picture. I am sure we would not see a picture of Joe Biden with a headline of "Are Americans Getting Stupider." Want more, note there is no liberal media coverage of the Facebook site "Lets Kill Romney" although we can imagine the reaction of dopers. Or again no coverage of Samuel Jackson saying how unfair it is that Issac could not cancel the Republican Convention. Democrat liberals are allowed to spread their hatred, bigotry and racism uncheck by the liberally biased media.

    August 28, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. Pete

    Will Ron Paul show up to rain on Romneys parade,I hope so.Give the old man his due,he never gave up,money and all didn't detour him,did it..If Romney does get in trouble ya know Paul will be there throwing the Romney crew who might be waist deep in quicksand a cinder block,just for laughs.The old man still has some tricks up his sleeves,just wait it ain't over yet....

    August 28, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Steve

    What you won't see:
    George Bush
    Dick Cheney
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio
    Rick Scott
    The Koch Brothers
    Scott Walker
    Jan Brewer
    Donald Trump

    August 28, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. M-W-T

    I can not vote for Mitt Romney, I don't TRUST him, and think he's a liar
    Five sons and not one of them has ever served in the military, Mitt was a draft dodger, they want everything and don't want to give anything
    I can not and will not vote for Mitt Romney

    August 28, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. trex

    ..................A Christie "gut check" ...........will take a little MORE time................

    August 28, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Pete

    Attila the Hun was the last keynote speaker,he was the only one who spoke, the other talking heads were on spikes,not much for being cordial is it!!The delegates were being skinned in the back ,but that's last year right ,don't talk about the past when ya have a Mormon extremist running for president ,he is the chosen one right!!!

    August 28, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Yuri

    God bless Christie, but his acquired arrogance, portly personality and diabolical demeanor ought to be very disturbing to quite a few.

    August 28, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Sniffit

    What do you call it when you gather 20K or so crazed, angry and fearful people in one place and get them to cheer for blatant falsehoods?

    August 28, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. J In Portland

    Who cares what Palin thinks?

    August 28, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Dr Albert

    I would like to hear a candidate say there are no classes, only the American Class. That they will respond to all the needs of all the citizens in kind.

    August 28, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Gut check and Chris Christie probably ought not to be mixed into the same article. Then again, maybe not such a bad idea after all ... dude does need a reality check on all that weight he's carrying. I can't remember anyone less sophisticated than Chris Christie giving the keynote speech at any convention, let alone a national convention. Fits right up there with why anyone would be interested in watching this man speak to begin with. From what I've read, he's nothing but a loud mouth buffoon.

    August 28, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |