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2012 Republican convention

Sep 10, 2012 — The Democratic convention seemed to have more enthusiasm, better speeches and greater emotion than its Republican counterpart. But Charlotte is over, and bad economic numbers are the new reality.
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Sep 7, 2012 — At their conventions, the parties presented varying visions of America — as an entrepreneurial paradise where hard work, innovation and prudence are all that matters, and as a communitarian paradise where racial, national and religious differences are subsumed in a surge of shared success. Voters must decide which resonates most and why.
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Sep 6, 2012 — Democrats had to make some hasty and awkward changes to their 2012 platform. The GOP platform passed smoothly but contains some controversial language. Important as it is to set down in writing what a political party believes in, it has become increasingly verboten to talk about it too publicly. There are two big reasons why.
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Sep 5, 2012 — In recent years, there's been a growing tendency for parties to offer convention speaking slots to ordinary Americans. Their testimonials might be more effective at conveying the benefits of various policies than claims from politicians themselves.
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Aug 31, 2012 — Scott Finn of WUSF Public Media in Tampa, Fla., wonders why some media reports paint his city — host of the Republican National Convention — as "a disaster" and the "strip club capital of the world." He says Tampa looks as much like America as anywhere else and that bashers should back off.
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Aug 31, 2012 — The Republican presidential nominee is being faulted for saying President Obama went on an "apology tour" and for things he claimed about Obama's tax and Medicare policies. But overall, independent fact checkers aren't finding many problems.
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Aug 31, 2012 — The GOP's "We Built That" theme, which grew out of a gaffe by President Obama, all but took over the Tampa convention. Republicans say this line of attack, legitimate or not, highlights what they say is Obama's true attitude toward business. And they believe they can win by convincing the public that the president doesn't understand where jobs come from.
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Aug 31, 2012 — It was Mitt Romney's big night. He got to tell the nation about what he wants to do. But the evening was also about President Obama. And, rather oddly, about Clint Eastwood.
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Aug 30, 2012 — Testimonials from friends speaking to the nation from the state of the Republican National Convention began the process of both explaining his faith and painting a picture of a man it hopes most Americans can relate to — and, of course, vote for.
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Aug 30, 2012 — "I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," the Republican presidential nominee plans to tell the nation tonight. But instead, he will say, "hope and change" have turned to disappointment.
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