First lady will set the tone for convention with Tuesday night speech
September 4th, 2012
11:50 PM ET
2 years ago

First lady will set the tone for convention with Tuesday night speech

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - As Michelle Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, she faced a similar task as Ann Romney of presenting her husband as a father and family man, above his public persona in the political spotlight.

"When people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago," Mrs. Obama said.

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Republicans push back after first night of the Democratic convention
September 4th, 2012
11:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans push back after first night of the Democratic convention

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Republicans are pushing back against what they heard at the opening night of the Democratic convention.

"On the first night of President Obama's convention, not a single speaker uttered the words 'Americans are better off than they were four years ago.' Instead, there was a night full of tributes to government as the solution to every problem, even going as far as to say that 'government is the only thing that we all belong to.' But government belongs to the American people – not the other way around – and the American people will hold President Obama accountable for his record," said Andrea Saul, press secretary for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign.

Meanwhile, Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer, who's heading the GOP response team in Charlotte, sent an email to reporters, saying "just wanted to make sure you caught our updates to ObamaIsntWorking.com tonight. In total, we posted 10 Glaring Omissions on the Obama record and at least 7 Lies."

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Photo: President Obama watches first lady's speech on TV with daughters
September 4th, 2012
11:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Photo: President Obama watches first lady's speech on TV with daughters

(CNN) - President Barack Obama watched the first lady's speech at Charlotte's Democratic National Convention on television with daughters, Malia and Sasha, in the Treaty Room of the White House Tuesday.

Michelle Obama made a personal case for her husband's second term saying the president, "knows the American Dream because he's lived it."

The White House released an official photograph of the president and his daughters.

An Obama campaign official said Obama had dinner with his daughters, where they talked about their first day of school, before watching the speech together.

Earlier in the day, Obama campaigned in Virginia.

Full remarks: Michelle Obama's speech at the DNC
September 4th, 2012
11:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Full remarks: Michelle Obama's speech at the DNC

(CNN) - The Democratic National Convention released the remarks prepared for Michelle Obama to deliver at the DNC convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday evening.
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As US debt hits $16 trillion, Ryan hammers his message home
September 4th, 2012
08:22 PM ET
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As US debt hits $16 trillion, Ryan hammers his message home

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) - As the nation's debt eclipsed $16 trillion on Tuesday, Republican running mate Rep. Paul Ryan accused President Barack Obama of more broken promises and lacking leadership on the issue.

"I don't see the debt clock at the convention this week," said Paul after he reminded his audience that Republicans had a debt clock at their convention last week in Tampa. "The problem is, the president keeps kicking the can down the road. No leadership on this issue."
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Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Paul Ryan
September 4th, 2012
07:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Military mom introduces Michelle Obama

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – When Elaine Brye sent Michelle Obama a Christmas card last holiday season, she probably had no idea the small guesture would lead her to the stage of the Democratic National Convention to introduce the first lady herself eight months later.

But in a series of events, that's precisely how Brye wound up in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week where she's set to share the spotlight with another, though slightly more famous, mom.
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Democratic convention will highlight differing visions between the parties
September 4th, 2012
07:40 PM ET
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Democratic convention will highlight differing visions between the parties

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - A Democratic National Convention vital to President Barack Obama's re-election bid opened Tuesday with the more than 5,500 delegates adopting a party platform that emphasizes middle-class opportunity while differing sharply on key issues with the Republican version endorsed at last week's GOP convention.

Facing a tight race in November and Republican attacks that they have made things worse while in power, Democratic organizers want their three-day convention to emphasize the tough decisions Obama has made and the additional steps needed to bolster the middle class.

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September 4th, 2012
06:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts: Mayor Castro's remarks at Democratic National Convention

(CNN) - The Democratic National Convention released the following excerpts of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's prepared remarks to the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday evening.

Earlier on Tuesday, Castro told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that his message will focus on achieving the American Dream over the course of several generations.
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'Fast and Furious' report expected to be released by next Tuesday
September 4th, 2012
05:13 PM ET
2 years ago

'Fast and Furious' report expected to be released by next Tuesday

Washington (CNN) - The long-awaited report on the controversial ATF gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious will be issued by the Justice Department inspector general not later than next Tuesday morning.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced Tuesday that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the committee headed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, Tuesday morning after the report has been made public.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Eric Holder • Justice Department
CNN’s GUT CHECK for September 4, 2012
September 4th, 2012
04:49 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for September 4, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 4, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: ROMNEY GETS NO CONVENTION BOUNCE PER NORMAL Mitt Romney appears to have gotten a normal convention "bounce" for the modern political era - which is to say, not much of a bounce at all. Just before the GOP convention, Romney was the choice of 47% of all likely voters, putting him in a virtual tie with President Barack Obama, at 49%. Now, Romney wins support from 48% of all likely voters - a gain, or "bounce" of one percentage point. – Keating Holland

The CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that less than four in ten registered voters said the Republican convention made them more likely to vote for Romney, but the former Massachusetts governor got a slight bump in his favorable rating, and on being in touch with the middle class and women, although he still trails President Barack Obama on those two questions. – Paul Steinhauser

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