August 31st, 2012
09:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney leaves out war comments

(CNN) - In a new campaign video and in emails sent to reporters throughout the day, the Obama campaign spent much of Friday highlighting what they call an important omission from Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech on Thursday night.

“In an almost 45-minute speech, Mitt Romney didn't find a moment to mention Afghanistan,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement sent to reporters just after midnight. “With no new plans and evasion about his real plans, Mitt Romney leaves this convention no stronger than he came.”
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Behind the scenes: Producing the 2012 RNC
August 31st, 2012
08:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Behind the scenes: Producing the 2012 RNC

(CNN) - After more than 30 years covering politics for NBC News, Phil Alongi left the network and quickly found himself on the other side of the game. Speaking with CNN Friday, Alongi was wrapping up in Tampa, Florida, having just produced the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Alongi says his role as executive producer of the RNC was in the works for a long time. He was first approached for the position shortly after he left NBC in February of 2009.

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August 31st, 2012
07:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney tests Tampa momentum; Democrats hope to blunt it in Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney departed Tampa, Florida, on Friday hoping to ride any momentum he had built up over the past week as he makes the final turn into the November election.

Romney's acceptance address won't go down as often quoted but it got the job done. He introduced his version of himself to America after months of his persona being defined by President Barack Obama's campaign and allies. He and running mate Paul Ryan tried to plant a seed of doubt about the next four years of an Obama administration. They didn't offer much in the way of specifics about how a Romney administration would shift the sluggish economy into a higher gear but had plenty of reasons why Obama's administration hasn't.

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August 31st, 2012
06:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Upstaged: Why everyone is talking Eastwood, not Romney

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - It was supposed to be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's night.

But instead of basking in the afterglow of what many called a solid acceptance speech, the Romney campaign is now forced to deal with the aftermath of Clint Eastwood's rambling "empty chair" routine at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night.

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Next week Democrats take their turn
August 31st, 2012
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Next week Democrats take their turn

(CNN) – One party ends, another begins.

With the Republican National Convention wrapped up, all eyes now turn to Charlotte, North Carolina, the site of the Democratic National Convention that officially kicks off Tuesday.
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Obama takes his seat
August 31st, 2012
11:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama takes his seat

(CNN) – The Obama campaign offered a pointed comeback to Clint Eastwood's Republican National Convention chair sketch Thursday night tweeting, "This seat's taken" along with a picture of Obama in his Cabinet Room chair with a plaque inscribed: "The President."

Clint Eastwood was revealed as the GOP convention's "mystery guest" Thursday prior to the evening's prime time rundown and following media speculation of the schedule's empty slot. Eastwood's speech drew laughs, criticism and blank stares as he conversed with an empty chair placed on stage next to the podium. Eastwood, addressing an unseen President Barack Obama, condemned the incumbent for his ineffective policies, railing on his campaign's political tactics and handing a star studded endorsement to Thursday's intended focus, Mitt Romney.
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August 31st, 2012
11:02 AM ET
2 years ago

Video: Watch the entire Clint Eastwood speech at the RNC

(CNN) - Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday sparked laughs, criticism and confusion as he carried on a conversation with an empty chair, harping its 'occupant,' President Barack Obama, for four years of what he called failed policy and bad politics, all the while endorsing GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Read more about Eastwood's speech after the jump:
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August 31st, 2012
10:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Gay groups and "Homocon" welcomed to GOP convention despite platform

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - A man hurrying to catch the light at a corner in muggy downtown Tampa carries a book with a rainbow of color on its cover.

Its title stands out, especially here, where the Republican National Convention has officially accepted a platform that a New York Times editorial called "more aggressive in its opposition to women's reproductive rights and to gay rights than any in memory."

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Mormon speakers at RNC mark sharp departure from Romney's reticence on faith
August 31st, 2012
09:42 AM ET
2 years ago

Mormon speakers at RNC mark sharp departure from Romney's reticence on faith

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - After years of keeping quiet about his Mormon faith, Mitt Romney's campaign thrust his church life into the national eye Thursday night, as a handful of Mormons took to the Republican National Convention's stage to deliver moving testimonials about the Republican presidential nominee's role as a member and leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

One couple that belonged to the same Massachusetts ward, or church, as Romney did recounted in a prime-time address how Romney tended to their 14-year-old son when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

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August 31st, 2012
08:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Eastwood's inflated unemployment count

New York (CNNMoney) – Clint Eastwood's biting criticism of President Obama was a big hit with the crowd at the Republican National Convention. But his reading of the nation's unemployment situation missed by a wide margin.

Eastwood's speech on Thursday night mocked supporters of the president like Oprah Winfrey, who cried the night Obama was elected for years ago.

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