August 31st, 2012
09:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney leaves out war comments

(CNN) - In a new campaign video and in emails sent to reporters throughout the day, the Obama campaign spent much of Friday highlighting what they call an important omission from Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech on Thursday night.

“In an almost 45-minute speech, Mitt Romney didn't find a moment to mention Afghanistan,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement sent to reporters just after midnight. “With no new plans and evasion about his real plans, Mitt Romney leaves this convention no stronger than he came.”
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Behind the scenes: Producing the 2012 RNC
August 31st, 2012
08:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Behind the scenes: Producing the 2012 RNC

(CNN) - After more than 30 years covering politics for NBC News, Phil Alongi left the network and quickly found himself on the other side of the game. Speaking with CNN Friday, Alongi was wrapping up in Tampa, Florida, having just produced the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Alongi says his role as executive producer of the RNC was in the works for a long time. He was first approached for the position shortly after he left NBC in February of 2009.

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August 31st, 2012
07:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney tests Tampa momentum; Democrats hope to blunt it in Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney departed Tampa, Florida, on Friday hoping to ride any momentum he had built up over the past week as he makes the final turn into the November election.

Romney's acceptance address won't go down as often quoted but it got the job done. He introduced his version of himself to America after months of his persona being defined by President Barack Obama's campaign and allies. He and running mate Paul Ryan tried to plant a seed of doubt about the next four years of an Obama administration. They didn't offer much in the way of specifics about how a Romney administration would shift the sluggish economy into a higher gear but had plenty of reasons why Obama's administration hasn't.

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August 31st, 2012
06:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Upstaged: Why everyone is talking Eastwood, not Romney

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - It was supposed to be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's night.

But instead of basking in the afterglow of what many called a solid acceptance speech, the Romney campaign is now forced to deal with the aftermath of Clint Eastwood's rambling "empty chair" routine at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night.

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Judge pauses Ohio early voting restriction
August 31st, 2012
06:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Judge pauses Ohio early voting restriction

(CNN) - A federal court in Ohio on Friday ruled that a change in the state's early voting procedures, which closed polls to most individuals the weekend prior to Election Day, was "likely" unconstitutional and granted a request from the Obama campaign to put enforcement of the law on hold.

The court acknowledged an argument that "low-income and minority voters are disproportionately affected by elimination" of the three days of polling for many voters and said "there is no definitive evidence... that elections boards would be tremendously burdened" by returning poll access to the standard before recent changes to the state's laws.
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Akin accepts apology from Rove over murder comment
August 31st, 2012
06:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin accepts apology from Rove over murder comment

(CNN) - Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and now head of the conservative super PAC American Crossroads, apologized on Friday to Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri after a reporter published biting words Rove used to describe the embattled Senate candidate.

"We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts," Rove said Thursday at a private fundraiser, according to a Businessweek reporter who was not supposed to be there.
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August 31st, 2012
04:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney adviser: Eastwood a 'great messenger'

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – When iconic actor and Romney supporter Clint Eastwood asked for a chair to be brought onto the convention stage Thursday night, staffers did not realize it would become an integral part of his speech, according to a senior aide.

Eastwood's performance on-stage - largely a conversation between the actor and the empty chair he used to symbolize President Obama - raised eyebrows and quickly went viral, as thousands of viewers tweeted bemused reactions to the unconventional remarks.
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CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 31, 2012
August 31st, 2012
03:49 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 31, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 31, 2012 | 4 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: ROMNEY VISITS STORM DAMAGED LOUISIANA, OBAMA CHANGES SCHEDULE TO VISIT ON MONDAY:

MITT ROMNEY TOURS LAFITTE, LOUISIANA WITH STATE’S GOVERNOR AND U.S. SENATOR: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney arrived in Louisiana Friday afternoon to tour damage left in the wake of Hurricane Isaac with Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. David Vitter. Romney, who was accompanied by his wife, Ann, said that the trip was to “learn and obviously to draw some attention to what's going [on] here... so that people around the country know that people done here need help." – Gregory Wallace

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AT A SPEECH IN FORT BLISS, TEXAS: “Let me say that our hearts are obviously with all the folks who are down in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast who are dealing with aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Our prayers are with those who lost loved ones and I have directed the federal government to do everything that it can to help our partners at the state and local level. As a country, we stand united with our fellow Americans in their hour of need.”

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CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 31, 2012
August 31st, 2012
03:49 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 31, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 31, 2012 | 4 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: ROMNEY VISITS STORM DAMAGED LOUISIANA, OBAMA CHANGES SCHEDULE TO VISIT ON MONDAY:

MITT ROMNEY TOURS LAFITTE, LOUISIANA WITH STATE’S GOVERNOR AND U.S. SENATOR: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney arrived in Louisiana Friday afternoon to tour damage left in the wake of Hurricane Isaac with Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. David Vitter. Romney, who was accompanied by his wife, Ann, said that the trip was to “learn and obviously to draw some attention to what's going [on] here... so that people around the country know that people done here need help." – Gregory Wallace

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AT A SPEECH IN FORT BLISS, TEXAS: “Let me say that our hearts are obviously with all the folks who are down in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast who are dealing with aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Our prayers are with those who lost loved ones and I have directed the federal government to do everything that it can to help our partners at the state and local level. As a country, we stand united with our fellow Americans in their hour of need.”

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Road rage: Biden blasts Ryan in auto country over GM comment
August 31st, 2012
03:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Road rage: Biden blasts Ryan in auto country over GM comment

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden hit back Friday against his Republican counterpart's recent comments about a shuttered General Motors plant–one that Paul Ryan blamed the president for closing.

"But what he didn't tell you is the plant in Janesville, (Wisconsin) actually closed when President Bush was still in office," Biden said to a local United Auto Workers crowd in Lordstown, Ohio. "He didn't tell ya that."
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Filed under: 2012 • General Motors • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
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