(CNN) - The leaders of the Republican and Democratic Party committees on Monday made their battle lines clear in CNN interviews over whether the economy and Americans are now better off than they were when President Barack Obama took office.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, went as far as suggesting on CNN's "The Situation Room" that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney does not care about those who are struggling economically, but rather about his own electoral prospects.
Tampa, Florida (CNN) – An adviser to Mitt Romney said Monday that Tropical Storm Isaac, currently on track to become a category 2 hurricane and make landfall in Louisiana early Wednesday, would not drastically affect the tone of the long-planned Republican National Convention, though he acknowledged steps would be taken to make note of the potential disaster.
"I don't think this is really going to change much of what we are going to do," Romney Senior Adviser Russ Schriefer said on a conference call meant to provide a programming update on the Republican National Convention. No schedule changes were made, though Schriefer previewed Tuesday evening's slate of speakers, saying the prime-time ten o'clock hour would exclusively feature Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is delivering the convention's keynote address.
(CNN) – Although the shortened, three day Republican National Convention is still the plan, party committee Chairman Reince Priebus told CNN on Monday that the mid-week landfall of Tropical Storm Isaac could still cause changes to the schedule.
"That's the plan right now," Priebus said. "But I will tell you we are going to be nimble.
(CNN) – GOP convention officials went to great lengths Sunday to cram a four-day event into three days after it canceled the gathering's Monday calendar, citing severe weather conditions from Tropical Storm Isaac.
But did they jump the gun when they first decided Saturday to delay the start of the convention?
(CNN) – Following the decision to delay the start of GOP convention speeches and events until Tuesday afternoon, the Republican National Committee chairman said Sunday it was "the right thing to do" and confirmed most of Monday's planned events would be folded into the remainder of the week's schedule.
"So far the word is that almost all of it is going to be accommodated into the Tuesday/Wednesday programming and everything is going to move ahead," Reince Priebus said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus suggested Friday that the big three television networks were declining to broadcast portions of next week's GOP convention out of political bias.
Priebus specifically questioned the decision by the broadcast networks to not show any GOP Convention programming on Monday evening, when Ann Romney is supposed to speak.
(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus further urged Rep. Todd Akin to drop his U.S. Senate bid in Missouri, saying Tuesday the party is already halting its efforts to back the congressman.
"We're not going to send any money toward that race or spend money on the ground in that particular race. We're obviously going to work very hard for a nominee in Missouri up and down the ticket, congressional seats. But I've already called off the phone banks and all of the volunteers for Congressman Akin's race there," Priebus said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
(CNN) – The Republican National Committee chairman called on Rep. Todd Akin Monday to exit the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, even urging the congressman not to attend the party's convention next week in Tampa.
"I would prefer that Todd Akin do the right thing for our party and our candidates, and I would prefer him not come," Reince Priebus said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."
(CNN) – Donald Trump is set to get a 'unique' gig at the Republican National Convention in late August, an aide to the real estate titan confirmed on Friday.
"Mr. Trump's role will occur at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (site of the convention), though the specifics of the role are not being released at this time. The role, like Mr. Trump, is unique and will be memorable for all those in attendance at the convention and those watching around the country. Stay tuned," Executive Vice President and Special Counsel Michael Cohen told CNN.
(CNN) - The chairman of the Republican National Committee on Friday predicted the tables would soon turn in the presidential election, saying Americans can expect to see a lot more of Mitt Romney due to fund-raising hauls by the GOP.
"We now are in a position to oustpend (President Barack Obama's re-election effort) on television and tell our story and tell the Mitt Romney story, starting with our convention and going through the fall," Reince Priebus said on CNN's "Starting Point."