Cities formally begin vying for '16 GOP convention
March 3rd, 2014
01:53 PM ET
2 months ago

Cities formally begin vying for '16 GOP convention

(CNN) – Holding the 2016 Republican National Convention in a location that could help the party politically-such as in a swing state–may be a "factor" in the decision-making process, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters on Monday.

But it's not the RNC's highest priority, he argued.
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Three Ohio cities, Las Vegas & several others considering 2016 Republican convention
February 10th, 2014
06:25 PM ET
2 months ago

Three Ohio cities, Las Vegas & several others considering 2016 Republican convention

Washington (CNN) – Representatives from eight cities met with GOP officials Monday in the nation’s capital to talk specifics about what it would take to host the Republican National Convention in 2016.

While the meeting was not a required step in the RNC’s selection process, it provides a look at which cities are seriously considering bidding on the convention where Republicans will choose the party’s next presidential nominee.

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Will Democrats follow Republicans in primary and convention calendar changes?
January 27th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
3 months ago

Will Democrats follow Republicans in primary and convention calendar changes?

Washington (CNN) - Days after the Republican National Committee made dramatic changes to their next presidential primary calendar, their Democratic rivals say they're moving toward using the same timeline as they've done in the past.

The RNC voted nearly unanimously Friday to condense the 2016 presidential nominating calendar, and they took steps toward moving the date of the next Republican National Convention from late August to June, the earliest either party has held their convention in nearly 70 years.

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GOP adopts changes to 2016 presidential primary process
January 24th, 2014
11:43 AM ET
3 months ago

GOP adopts changes to 2016 presidential primary process

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET, 1/24/2014

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee gave near-unanimous approval Friday to a package of rules changes that would condense the 2016 presidential nominating calendar and help the party avoid the kind of protracted party infighting that dented GOP nominee Mitt Romney's general election appeal in 2012.

The changes dovetail with the party's desire to move the convention from late summer to a June window, which would make the next Republican National Convention the earliest convention in either party since 1948. The RNC has announced its support for the June move but will formally vote on the change at a later date.

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New York to pay $17.9 million to 2004 Republican Convention protesters
Riot police stand in front of the Protest Warriors, a counter-protest group of Bush supporters, at a protest against the Republican convention near Madison Square Garden September 2, 2004 in New York City.
January 16th, 2014
09:17 AM ET
3 months ago

New York to pay $17.9 million to 2004 Republican Convention protesters

(CNN) – New York City agreed on Wednesday to pay nearly $18 million to settle the civil rights claims of thousands of people arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention that nominated George W. Bush for a second presidential term.

New York police engaged in mass arrests of more than 1,800 protesters, bystanders, legal observers and journalists during the event.

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Las Vegas makes formal bid to host 2016 RNC
October 29th, 2013
10:03 PM ET
6 months ago

Las Vegas makes formal bid to host 2016 RNC

(CNN) - What happens in Vegas … goes to the White House?

That's what the Nevada Host Committee, Inc. is hoping. The group has made a formal bid to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Las Vegas.

It may seem early to bid for a convention scheduled for three years from now but hosting a national convention is a major undertaking for any city, no matter how well equipped. The Republican National Committee usually makes its choice two years in advance.
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Christie threatened to use the f-bomb in GOP convention speech
July 2nd, 2013
04:07 PM ET
10 months ago

Christie threatened to use the f-bomb in GOP convention speech

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top campaign surrogate for former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, threatened to say "f***" during his live, prime time convention speech last August, according to an upcoming book by The Washington Post's Dan Balz.

The title, "Collision 2012," details a tense moment when the director of the Republican National Convention ordered his crew to cut an introduction video for Christie just minutes before he was set to take the stage.
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Eastwood: If they were 'dumb enough to ask me…'
September 18th, 2012
02:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Eastwood: If they were 'dumb enough to ask me…'

(CNN) – Clint Eastwood isn't taking much time to reflect on his unique endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at last month's Republican National Convention, after all he says if they're "dumb enough" to ask him, they'll take what they get.

"If somebody is dumb enough to ask me to go to political convention and say something, they're gonna have to take what they get," said Eastwood in an interview Tuesday with the television show "Extra" about the convention speech that won rave reviews, puzzled looks and slacked jaws.
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Dems get boost as both parties seek to leverage conventions
September 11th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Dems get boost as both parties seek to leverage conventions

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - For Democrats who gathered at their convention in the swing state of North Carolina, the high glitz extravaganza watched by millions on television was a partisan infomercial that has paid off, for the moment, in energizing their voters.

For Republicans who convened in the battleground state of Florida, the impact on the party faithful of their event has waned.

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CNN Poll: Obama up six points over Romney
September 10th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama up six points over Romney

(CNN) – A new survey indicates President Barack Obama moved up four points following the Democratic National Convention last week, and now has a six point advantage over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll (PDF) released Monday, 52% of likely voters nationwide back the president, compared to 46% for Romney. Just before the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Obama was tied with Romney 48%-48%.
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