First on CNN: DNC secretly scheduled guests: Actresses Johansson, Portman, Washington
September 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: DNC secretly scheduled guests: Actresses Johansson, Portman, Washington

Charlotte (CNN) - Clint Eastwood meet Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington.

The three actresses, firmly anchored in Hollywood's royalty, have been secretly scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention, according to a tentative schedule provided by a source to CNN.
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August 30th, 2012
09:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Billionaire Koch offers rare rebuttal to Dem attacks

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who critics accuse of bankrolling a fierce and costly campaign against President Obama, offered a rare rebuttal to Democratic attacks against him on Thursday.

Koch rarely speaks to the press. But at an event near the site of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, he responded to a CNN question regarding the Obama campaign's targeting of him as a prime political opponent.
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DNC readies 'contingency plan,' watches weather for Obama acceptance speech
August 30th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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DNC readies 'contingency plan,' watches weather for Obama acceptance speech

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Democratic National Convention officials have been anxiously watching the weather for next week when President Obama will deliver his convention speech from an outdoor stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, a convention official told CNN. Another source said officials have readied a "contingency plan" which would be announced "closer to the convention" should extreme weather strike.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, the DNC will hold events at the indoor Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. On Thursday, President Obama – and Vice President Biden - are slated to deliver acceptance speeches at the outdoor Bank of America Stadium. The stadium seats just over 73,000.
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Santorum offers high profile praise of Romney
August 28th, 2012
10:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum offers high profile praise of Romney

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Rick Santorum offered his most high-profile praise of former rival Mitt Romney during a speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday evening.

The former presidential candidate – who engaged in a prolonged and sometimes bitter battle with Romney before dropping out of the race in April – spoke highly of Romney and vice presidential nominee, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.
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Rules fight sparks drama at RNC
August 28th, 2012
07:12 PM ET
2 years ago

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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Has the tea party 'sold out' to the mainstream GOP?
August 27th, 2012
07:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Has the tea party 'sold out' to the mainstream GOP?

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Is the tea party changing the Republican Party from the inside - or selling out to the GOP?

As Republicans prepare to officially roll out Mitt Romney as their party's presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention this week, major tea party groups and figures have descended on Tampa, Florida, to schmooze with party bigwigs and rally for Romney.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention • Tea Party
Biden to raise cash with rich & famous in the Hamptons
August 23rd, 2012
07:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden to raise cash with rich & famous in the Hamptons

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will visit one of the wealthiest ZIP codes in the nation, and mingle with rich and famous, on Friday to raise campaign cash.

The vice president will attend two fund-raisers in Bridgehampton, one of the tony enclaves in the Hamptons on the East End of New York's Long Island, CNN confirmed.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • New York • Vice President Biden
August 22nd, 2012
06:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden: Republicans have 'discovered the middle class'

Detroit (CNN) – In front of a friendly audience, Vice President Joe Biden repeated a crowd-pleasing political attack against Republicans on Wednesday – with a new level of sarcasm.

"It's amazing, they discovered the middle class," the vice president said mockingly against his rivals. "And they care about it. They're running to save the middle class."
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Minnesota
Largest tea party PAC lauds Ryan selection
August 11th, 2012
10:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Largest tea party PAC lauds Ryan selection

(CNN) – The nation's largest tea party political action committee swiftly praised Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate on Saturday. The Tea Party Express said the House Budget chairman is a favorite among activists - despite Ryan's past support for two federal measures that, arguably, inflame the most anger among tea partiers.

"Ryan is a strong fiscal conservative, and he has used his Chairmanship of the House Budget Committee to address the serious financial woes facing the country," Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said of the House Budget chairman in a statement.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Tea Party Express
Jindal on Romney VP pick: 'It's not about the vice president'
August 9th, 2012
06:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Jindal on Romney VP pick: 'It's not about the vice president'

Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) – As the entire political establishment awaits word of Mitt Romney's running mate, is one potential pick blowing off its importance and potential impact?

When asked by CNN on Thursday if he's awaiting word from the Romney campaign on whether or not he'll be picked, Gov. Bobby Jindal deflected the question – then intimated that the selection itself won't amount to much.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Colorado
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