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
(CNN) - Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as the "Queen City," is expected to reap the economic benefits for hosting the Democratic National Convention.
But how much?
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (CNN) - A young rising star. A keynote speech on the Democratic Party's biggest stage. Is it 2004 again?
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will give the most significant speech of his political career Tuesday night when he becomes the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - When Michelle Obama gives her prime time speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, the first lady won't be going on the attack, according to senior officials with her husband's re-election campaign.
"There won't be contrast. The first lady has not attacked political opponents in any way over the past four years," the official said while speaking to CNN reporters covering the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Westlake, Ohio (CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan has been readily quoting Ronald Reagan's famous "are you better off" line this week but Tuesday he misstated when and where the Gipper made his remark.
The seven-term congressman from Wisconsin was 10 years old when Reagan uttered the line in 1980 that he and other Republicans have been pushing this week to frame their argument against Democratic President Barack Obama.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - It's the question everyone's asking: Did Mitt Romney get a bounce out of last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida?
According to a new national poll released Tuesday, just before the start of the Democratic convention, the GOP presidential nominee appears to have received a one-point convention bounce, normal for the modern political era.
Full results (pdf)
TOPICS: Presidential match-up; favorable ratings; candidate qualities; candidates on issues; Obama approval; opinion of GOP convention
Full results (pdf)
(CNN) – Democrats omitted the word "God" from their 2012 platform, a change from the party's 2008 document and a noticeable split from Republicans, who mention God ten times in their official party stance.
In 2008, Democrats wrote, "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."
(CNN) – Two days before he will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama rallied supporters in the key battleground state of Virginia while giving a hat tip to the first lady.
“You’ll hear tonight from the star of the Obama family,” Obama told a large crowd at Norfolk State University. “This is just like a relay, where you start out with the fastest person.”
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – It began 40 years ago with one delegate from Buffalo. Now, at the Democratic National Convention this week, the call for a federal law recognizing same-sex marriages will become part of the party's official platform.
Madeline Davis was one of only two openly gay delegates at the 1972 Democratic Convention in Miami Beach. In a ground breaking moment, she identified herself at the podium as a lesbian and asked her fellow delegates to adopt language calling for equal rights for homosexuals.