Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - Reporters used notes written on oranges to lure Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan into a dialogue on the running mates' respective airplanes Saturday.
The note to Romney was handwritten with a black Sharpie and rolled like a bowling ball to the front of the cabin where the Republican presidential nominee was sitting.
(CNN) - While Republicans gathered in Tampa to nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate, and Hurricane Isaac approached the Gulf Coast, more users of Facebook were talking about the Republican National Convention than the storm, according to data compiled by the Facebook "Talk Meter."
RNC social sharing was more significant in Washington, D.C., than in any other state, although Florida, which hosted the convention, placed second in a list of buzz by geography. The data provided by Facebook did not specify the timeframe for this buzz, but the Republican convention opened on Monday and concluded with Romney's acceptance speech on Thursday evening.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will hold a campaign event in New Hampshire next Friday, the day after the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina concludes, their campaign announced Saturday.
The two candidates will be joined by their spouses, the campaign said.
(CNN) - Not all is serious on the campaign trail, as two of Mitt Romney's five sons demonstrated on Twitter Saturday.
When their mother, Ann Romney, was told of the incident by reporters, she replied, "My Craig? My Josh?"
"They still haven't grown up yet," she said, laughing.
Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) – President Obama began his "Road to Charlotte" tour before 10,000 people here on Saturday, kicking off a string of events that will bring him right up to his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.
"There's a reason for me to begin the journey here in Iowa, where it first began more than four years ago," Obama said, reminding Iowans that it was a victory at the state's caucuses in 2008 that set him on his path to the presidency. "And it will be you, Iowa, who choose the path we take from here."
Cincinnati (CNN) - Ann Romney stepped up her charm offensive on the media Saturday and held a post-speech wardrobe consultation - complete with treats - with her husband's traveling press corps.
"I want to know, girls, we really wanted the girls to tell me about my dress for the speech," Romney said to the women of her husband's traveling pack of reporters, many of whom have covered the candidate for a year. "Girls, did I do OK?"
(CNN) - After some pressure from the online home brewing community that included a petition on the White House website and a Freedom of Information Act request, the Obama administration gave in Saturday and released its homemade beer recipe.
In a post on the White House Blog, head chef Sam Kass posted the recipes for two beers brewed on the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter. Both beers are made using honey harvested from the White House bee hive.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney will begin preparations for this fall's series of presidential debates this week when he goes head-to-head with a stand-in for President Barack Obama, a Romney campaign source said Saturday.
Separately, Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden said Saturday that Romney will prepare Tuesday through Thursday at the Vermont house of former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey.
The source also said that the campaign has not yet decided whether Romney will attend any public events this week.
Washington (CNN) - Republicans expended enormous effort last week to make Mitt Romney more appealing to everyday America, and strategists believe that could pay dividends as the campaign moves into its next phase.
In his speech on Thursday night that was aimed at changing the dynamics of his campaign and painting who he would be as both a candidate and a commander-in-chief, Romney showed a more personal side.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, spoke on jobs in his weekly podcast released Saturday, reviewing the plan he says would lead to the creation of 12 million new jobs in the next four years.
His plan includes points on energy, education, trade, federal deficit reduction and measures to support small businesses.