Santorum: Romney making inroads with blue collar voters
August 29th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Romney making inroads with blue collar voters

Wesley Chapel, Florida (CNN) – Mitt Romney is making strides in talking about issues important to blue collar workers, one of the GOP presidential candidate's former rivals said Wednesday.

Rick Santorum, speaking to Louisiana delegates at a hotel outside Tampa, said his win in the Bayou State's Republican primary in March was fueled by working and middle class voters.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
August 29th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: John King and Romney pollster look at a close race

(CNN) – CNN Chief National Correspondent John King brings Mitt Romney's campaign pollster, Neil Newhouse, to the magic wall to drill down into the numbers.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
'Modern Family' creator to Ann Romney: We'll let you guest, if ...
August 29th, 2012
12:17 PM ET
2 years ago

'Modern Family' creator to Ann Romney: We'll let you guest, if ...

(CNN) – It's not every day a self-professed fan of "Modern Family" gets an offer to guest star, but series co-creator Steve Levitan has extended such an opportunity to Ann Romney–should one major political development occur.

Ann, the 63-year-old wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, revealed to "Entertainment Tonight" that the Emmy-winning ABC comedy is her favorite show on TV.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney
Romney gaining buzz among women on Facebook
This screengrab from late Tuesday night shows that Mitt Romney is being discussed more than President Obama among women in nearly every state.
August 29th, 2012
11:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney gaining buzz among women on Facebook

(CNN) – After the first full day of the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney is dominating the political conversation among women on Facebook.

The Facebook CNN Election Insights tool, which measures the number of people on Facebook talking about the candidates, shows women talking about Mitt Romney more than Barack Obama in every state except Colorado and Iowa, the two states where Obama campaigned on Tuesday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Facebook • Mitt Romney • Republican National Convention
TIME: What you missed while not watching the first night of the Republican convention
August 29th, 2012
09:51 AM ET
2 years ago

TIME: What you missed while not watching the first night of the Republican convention

(TIME) – 7:14 p.m. The hurricane couldn't stop it. The weak economy didn't underfund it. The orange-bottomed girls at the Hooter's down the street won't distract from it. Day one of the 2012 Republican Convention has arrived, with House Speaker John Boehner walking on stage to fire the prime time starting gun. "We begin tonight with a fundamental question: Can we do better?" he calls out. Crickets from the crowd. They aren't really paying attention yet. Still shuffling to their seats. But Boehner looks good up there, his tanned skin neatly matching the stained wood of the stage.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention
August 29th, 2012
08:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Christie: Romney will 'tell us the hard truths'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Chris Christie brought his trademark passion to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, delivering a robust endorsement of Mitt Romney for president and advocating a tough-minded approach for dealing with the nation's economic and political problems.

The New Jersey governor is well known for plain talk and while some edges were softened at times, he mostly stuck to his familiar style in the coveted keynote address aimed at firing up the party faithful and appealing to a prime-time television audience.

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CNN’s Morning GUT CHECK for August 29, 2012
"His name is Mitt Romney and you really should get to know him," Ann Romney said in her primetime convention speech.
August 29th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s Morning GUT CHECK for August 29, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 29, 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 which will come out twice a day for the duration of the political conventions.

BREAKING: ALL EYES ON ISAAC With officials reporting "overtopping of a levee on the east bank" from Braithwaite to White Ditch in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, Billy Nungesser, president of the parish, tells CNN there have been reports of 10 to 12 feet of water in homes in the area. The slow moving storm made second landfall in Southeast Louisiana around 4:00 a.m. this morning and continues to lash the Gulf Coast with strong winds and consistent rain.

ARIZONA RESULTS: Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake defeated businessman Wil Cardon in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat, earning roughly 200,000 more votes, unofficial results showed early Wednesday morning… Despite being outraised by his opponent, Flake, a six-term congressman, saw 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… Also in Arizona, Rep. David Schweikert has defeated Rep. Ben Quayle, son on former Vice President Dan Quayle, in a bitterly fought member-vs.-member GOP primary for Arizona's 6th congressional district. – Ashley Killough

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CNN’s Morning GUT CHECK for August 29, 2012
"His name is Mitt Romney and you really should get to know him," Ann Romney said in her primetime convention speech.
August 29th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s Morning GUT CHECK for August 29, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 29, 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 which will come out twice a day for the duration of the political conventions.

BREAKING: ALL EYES ON ISAAC With officials reporting "overtopping of a levee on the east bank" from Braithwaite to White Ditch in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, Billy Nungesser, president of the parish, tells CNN there have been reports of 10 to 12 feet of water in homes in the area. The slow moving storm made second landfall in Southeast Louisiana around 4:00 a.m. this morning and continues to lash the Gulf Coast with strong winds and consistent rain.

ARIZONA RESULTS: Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake defeated businessman Wil Cardon in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat, earning roughly 200,000 more votes, unofficial results showed early Wednesday morning… Despite being outraised by his opponent, Flake, a six-term congressman, saw 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… Also in Arizona, Rep. David Schweikert has defeated Rep. Ben Quayle, son on former Vice President Dan Quayle, in a bitterly fought member-vs.-member GOP primary for Arizona's 6th congressional district. – Ashley Killough

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN's Gut Check
Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator
August 29th, 2012
07:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.”

Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and RNC security and police immediately removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention
August 29th, 2012
07:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Ann Romney a calming presence on campaign trail

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Her family calls her the Mitt Stabilizer. Ann Romney, who is someone who is known to be able to calm her husband down when needed, is taking center stage in trying to paint a more personal picture of her husband of 43 years.

"Whenever Mitt might start, you know, winding up and getting really - highly energetic they're - they know that I have, like, a very calming influence on him," Ann Romney told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger in a wide-ranging and at times emotional interview at the family's New Hampshire lakeside home. When asked her secret, she couldn't really explain it.

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