Flake favored to win Arizona GOP Senate primary
August 28th, 2012
08:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Flake favored to win Arizona GOP Senate primary

(CNN) – Rep. Jeff Flake is the heavy favorite heading into Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, which pits the six-term congressman against wealthy businessman Wil Cardon.

Despite being outraised by his opponent, Flake has seen strong backing from both establishment and tea party Republicans in his quest to win the open seat soon to be vacated by retiring Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl.
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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
2 years ago

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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CNN’s Morning GUT CHECK for August 28, 2012
Will the weather change Chris Christie's tone?
August 28th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
2 years ago

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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With eye on weather, GOP convention to formally nominate Romney
August 28th, 2012
07:32 AM ET
2 years ago

With eye on weather, GOP convention to formally nominate Romney

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – A quest started five years ago reaches a major milestone Tuesday when Mitt Romney is formally nominated as the Republican presidential candidate to face President Barack Obama in November.

The roll call to nominate Romney highlights a packed first day of full proceedings at the storm-shortened Republican National Convention.

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August 28th, 2012
07:30 AM ET
2 years ago

John King: Convention goal is changing voters' view of Romney

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The black and white images form a Reaganesque ring around the concourse of the Tampa convention hall, sending an unmistakable message: This is now Mitt Romney's Republican Party.

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 likeability, empathy, and understanding the struggles of the middle class.

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On the Trail: August 28, 2012
August 28th, 2012
07:23 AM ET
2 years ago

On the Trail: August 28, 2012

(CNN) – As Mitt Romney heads to Tampa on the first day of events for the GOP convention, President Barack Obama hits the campaign trail in Iowa and Colorado Tuesday.

See a schedule of the day's events after the jump.
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Dem super PAC moves away from Bain attacks
August 28th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Dem super PAC moves away from Bain attacks

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA said a new television spot, revealed Tuesday, was part of a new 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 cold-hearted job killer. The latest spot, called "Olive," features a woman who voted for Romney in the 2002 Massachusetts governor election but now supports President Barack Obama.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Priorities USA
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
August 28th, 2012
04:59 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Party conventions a prelude to trench warfare
In most presidential races this close, it is a battle for the undecideds and independents. Pre-convention interviews with both Republican and Democratic delegates suggest this year might be more like trench warfare - firing up the party faithful, starting in Tampa and Charlotte, to mobilize a high grassroots voter turnout in November. "Conventional wisdom is that this election is about independents, but in reality it's about the base," said Orit Sklar, a Georgia-based longtime Romney activist attending her first convention as part of a state delegation.

CNN’s John King: Convention goal is changing voters' view of Romney
The black and white images form a Reaganesque ring around the concourse of the Tampa convention hall, sending an unmistakable message: This is now Mitt Romney's Republican Party. 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 likeability, empathy, and understanding the struggles of the middle class.

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