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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Excerpts: Romney's acceptance speech
August 30th, 2012
06:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts: Romney's acceptance speech

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released excerpts for the candidate's Republican nomination acceptance speech Thursday night, set to take place at the Republican National Convention in the 10 p.m. ET hour.

The following excerpts are from Romney's prepared remarks:
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August 29th, 2012
05:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush's criticism of 'self-deportation'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and popular surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said Wednesday that Romney's past endorsement of a system he termed "self-deportation" was a poor way to characterize border security efforts.

"It gets to the question of tone, again," Bush said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "I think there's a better way of saying we need to control the border. Great countries need to secure the border for national security purposes, for economic purposes and for rule of law purposes. And you can say that in a respectful way so you're not turning people off. And that's my basic message."
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Rules fight sparks drama at RNC
August 28th, 2012
07:12 PM ET
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Rules fight sparks drama at RNC

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The Republican National Convention adopted two controversial rules on Tuesday. But a fight over their adoption threw a wrench in the convention's carefully scripted events: pitting the likes of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and grassroots activists on one side with Mitt Romney's campaign and establishment Republicans on the other.

The days-long fight reached climax just hours after the Tuesday RNC session began, with supporters of the rules cheering their adoption and opponents booing against them. Moments before, some delegates even laid out angry – yet unsubstantiated – claims of meddling to keep some delegates away from a committee vote.
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Rove unloads on Todd Akin on eve of GOP convention
August 27th, 2012
11:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Rove unloads on Todd Akin on eve of GOP convention

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Republican strategist Karl Rove ramped up his criticism of Missouri candidate Todd Akin on Monday, calling his recent remarks about rape and abortion "morally incomprehensible" and insisting that he drop out of the race.

"I know Todd. He is a good man and he's got a good heart," Rove said at a breakfast in Tampa hosted by Politico. "He said a really stupid, indefensible thing from which there is no recovery and if he really cares are about the values of conservatism and pro-life, he will not go down for defeat as the biggest loss by a Republican candidate for Senate in modern history."
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Jeb Bush: Obama should stop blaming others for the economy
August 26th, 2012
03:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush: Obama should stop blaming others for the economy

(CNN) – Jeb Bush, the Republican former governor of Florida, said Sunday it's time for President Barack Obama to stop blaming the ailing economy on President George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor and Jeb Bush’s brother.

While conceding that Obama did inherit a tough economy when he took office in 2008, Bush said that Obama’s policies have hindered the country's economic growth.
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New details released on Gingrich’s convention role
August 26th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
2 years ago

New details released on Gingrich’s convention role

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee released details Sunday of a series of policy workshops to be hosted by Newt Gingrich at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, this week.

In a statement about the schedule, the RNC said that "Newt U" will consist of workshops for delegates aimed at expanding on the daily themes of the convention.
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August 26th, 2012
12:34 PM ET
2 years ago

VIDEO: Remaking the Republican Party

(CNN) – Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Gov. Scott Walker, and Al Cardenas weigh in on what the GOP needs to do to redefine themselves.


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Republican mayor's pro-same-sex marriage ad to air during Republican Convention
August 24th, 2012
04:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Republican mayor's pro-same-sex marriage ad to air during Republican Convention

(CNN) – The Republican mayor of San Diego has announced plans to air an ad advocating for same-sex marriage rights during next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The spot, titled "Family and Freedom," comes after the Republican Party developed its official plank on gay marriage, which pushes for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marriage. The platform is expected to be officially confirmed at the convention next week.
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Todd Akin gets online fundraising boost
August 24th, 2012
02:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Todd Akin gets online fundraising boost

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Boosted by a fund-raising appeal from Mike Huckabee, embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin has raised $206,000 online since his "legitimate rape" comment inflamed the political universe last Sunday.

Akin's web consultant Wesley Donehue told CNN that the donations came from 3,300 unique contributors online, and did not include checks that are "pouring in" to the campaign.
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