Eastwood: If they were 'dumb enough to ask me…'
September 18th, 2012
02:45 PM ET
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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
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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
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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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Biden mocks GOP convention, ponders Martian reaction
September 8th, 2012
07:06 PM ET
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Biden mocks GOP convention, ponders Martian reaction

Zanesville, Ohio (CNN) - Fresh off the Democratic National Convention, Vice President Joe Biden used two appearances in Ohio on Saturday to mock the Republican National Convention in Tampa and accused his opponents of not having the courage to explain their policies. Those and other comments were quickly labeled as "false and discredited attacks" by the Romney campaign.

Biden even went galactic: claiming that a Martian visiting the RNC would have, essentially, been lost in translation.
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Campaign scientists have a file on you
September 7th, 2012
12:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Campaign scientists have a file on you

(CNN) – The Democratic and Republican conventions are designed to be the high points for both presidential campaigns. Countless man hours and tens of millions of dollars go into each event.

But the work that could really affect the outcome of the election is still taking place. Campaigns are poring over information you provide to them every time you use the internet.

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Eastwood breaks silence: Obama a 'hoax' on American people
September 7th, 2012
11:25 AM ET
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Eastwood breaks silence: Obama a 'hoax' on American people

(CNN) - In his first public statements since his rambling, improvised remarks at last week's Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood told a California newspaper that Mitt Romney's campaign wasn't able to approve his speech, since he wasn't sure what he was going to say until he walked out on stage.

"They vet most of the people, but I told them, 'You can't do that with me, because I don't know what I'm going to say,'" Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone. Eastwood served as the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea in the 1980s.
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No bump for Christie after convention keynote
September 5th, 2012
09:51 AM ET
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No bump for Christie after convention keynote

(CNN) – A poll released Wednesday showed no boost in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval rating following his keynote address at last week's Republican National Convention.

The survey from Quinnipiac University, taken August 27-September 2, indicated that 52% of adults in New Jersey approve of the job Christie is doing as governor. That's statistically unchanged from the 54% who approved of Christie in a July 17 survey. The outspoken New Jersey governor addressed delegates in Tampa last Tuesday.
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CNN Poll: Did Romney get a convention bounce?
September 4th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Did Romney get a convention bounce?

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)
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CNN Election Roundtable to tackle questions LIVE from the DNC
September 3rd, 2012
01:30 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Election Roundtable to tackle questions LIVE from the DNC

(CNN) - Now, it's the Democrats' turn.

With the 2012 Democratic National Convention getting underway in Charlotte this week, the party of the president will have a chance to solidify its base and reach out to new voters.

Can the party shift attention away from Mitt Romney and the GOP? Will President Barack Obama reignite the magic that launched him to victory in 2008? And will the Dems even try to top Clint Eastwood's empty chair?
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Poll: Did GOP convention change minds?
September 3rd, 2012
08:36 AM ET
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Poll: Did GOP convention change minds?

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Americans are divided on whether last week's Republican Convention made them more likely to vote for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new national survey.

A Gallup poll released Monday morning indicates that four in ten adults say they are more likely to support Romney based on what they read or saw from last week's convention in Tampa, Florida, with 38% saying they are less likely to vote for the Republican challenger, and 22% saying they didn't know or the convention didn't make any difference to their vote.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • Republican National Convention
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