2012 Republican National Convention

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  • ** FILE ** This Aug. 30, 2012, file photo shows actor Clint Eastwood addressing an empty chair at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)

    Clint Eastwood: Talks about convention chat with chair

    By Associated Press

    Clint Eastwood said the idea to use an empty seat as a prop at the Republican National Convention was a spur-of-the-moment decision when someone backstage asked him if he wanted to sit down. Published September 7, 2012

  • Actor-director Clint Eastwood speaks on behalf of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Eastwood's speech: ‘Classic improv’ or ‘bizarre’?

    By Tim Devaney - The Washington Times

    Three days after Clint Eastwood's rambling, on-stage "conversation" with an imaginary Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats were split on whether the improvisational bit helped or hurt Mitt Romney. Published September 2, 2012

  • ** FILE ** Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Jeb Bush to Romney: Connect emotionally with voters

    By Associated Press

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is urging Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to connect with people emotionally if he hopes to persuade voters to support him. Published August 30, 2012

  • Actor/Director Clint Eastwood speaks on behalf of Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Clint Eastwood adds Hollywood glitter to GOP gathering

    By Sean Lengell - The Washington Times

    The worst-kept secret of the Republican National Convention was revealed Thursday evening, when Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood took the stage to lend his magnetism and distinctively gravelly voice on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Published August 30, 2012

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    Romney to turn to Reagan playbook for stretch run

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Carrying a post-convention glow from his coronation as the Republican Party's standard-bearer, Mitt Romney plans to take a page out of Ronald Reagan's playbook from the 1980 presidential campaign by urging voters to ask themselves: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Published August 30, 2012

  • Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Jeb Bush defends his brother, former president

    By Associated Press

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says President Barack Obama should stop blaming his brother, former President George W. Bush, for the country's economic woes. Published August 30, 2012

  • GOP puts faith in muting religious differences

    By Andrea Billups - The Washington Times

    The Republican National Convention has been an ecumenical event, as people laid aside religious differences in the name of backing Mitt Romney and defeating President Obama. Published August 30, 2012

  • GOP brought together by anti-union rhetoric

    By Sean Lengell - The Washington Times

    Union bashing has been a unifying theme at this year's Republican National Convention, as few topics have generated louder, longer and more robust cheers and applause during keynote speeches. Published August 30, 2012

  • Puerto Rico delegates cheer for former Gov. Jeb Bush at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)

    Spanish-language media 'obsessed' on immigration issue

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    For most voters, the Republicans' nominating convention has been filled with speeches about jobs, the economy, federal spending and President Obama's record. But for Hispanic voters getting their news from the Spanish-language press, the view is very different — and decidedly unsympathetic to the Republican Party. Published August 30, 2012

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista wave after speaking to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Gingrich: We need 'real leadership' in White House

    By Associated Press

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says it's time to put "real leadership" back in the White House this November. Published August 30, 2012

  • U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

    Rubio: American exceptionalism imperiled under Obama

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finally got his moment in the spotlight Thursday when he formally introduced Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, attacking President Obama's record while weaving in his own personal history as a call to arms that anyone, from any background, can make it in America. Published August 30, 2012

  • Mitt Romney accepts the nomination of the Republican Party for president of the United States at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Romney accepts GOP nomination at RNC, vows leadership, 'lots of jobs'

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Mitt Romney on Thursday accepted the nod to lead an ever-more conservative Republican Party against a powerful but politically vulnerable incumbent, telling a national audience that this year’s election comes down to jobs and President Obama’s failure to create enough of them. Published August 30, 2012

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who beat back a recall attempt in June, received one of the longest, sustained show of appreciation by the audience of any of the speakers at the Republican National Convention. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Delegates see bright future with Ryan, Rubio

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    While Mitt Romney was clearly the main event at this week's convention, the rise of stars like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan convinced many delegates the GOP has finally left behind the party of the past decade, now so closely identified with runaway federal spending and foreign interventionism. Published August 30, 2012

  • Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. He had delegates laughing with a his string of one-liners poking fun at both President Obama and Mitt Romney. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Zingers, one-liners punch up speeches

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Hitting the right comedic note in a convention speech can be tough, but Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, had delegates laughing Wednesday night at his string of one-liners poking fun at both President Obama and Mitt Romney. Published August 30, 2012

  • Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and wife Janna appear on stage at the Wisconsin delegation's Beers and Brats event, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Medicare downplayed as GOP campaign issue

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    The 2012 presidential election could hinge on Medicare, yet most lawmakers featured at the Republican National Convention gave it the silent treatment. Published August 30, 2012

  • Pro-lifers were pro-choice on would-be nominee

    By Paige Winfield Cunningham - The Washington Times

    He wasn't their first, second or even third choice for president, but as pro-life leaders flocked to Tampa, Fla., this week for Mitt Romney's official Republican nomination, they insisted they had had a successful election year. Published August 30, 2012

  • Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    PRUDEN: Tough times in Tampa for media elites

    By Wesley Pruden - The Washington Times

    This has been a tough week in Tampa for the stars of the mainstream media, so called. The Republicans aren't acting like the bigots, zealots and wild-eyed extremists the boys and girls on the campaign bus want them to be. Published August 30, 2012

  • Romney’s five sons revel in role as surrogates on stump

    By Steve Peoples - Associated Press

    During what may be the most important week of Mitt Romney's political career, the Republican presidential contender's five sons are sharing family secrets like never before. Published August 29, 2012

  • Alternate Delegate Sharin Burton, left, her husband Brad Burton, alternate Delegate, and their daughter Ellie Burton, 2, of Honolulu decorate the state placard marking their seats which, along with most Blue States, are among the furthest from the stage at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)

    Political pecking order doesn’t sit well with some states

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    It's hard to know what Vermont did to deserve the worst seats at the Republican National Convention. Published August 29, 2012

  • Gabriella Wyatt, of Aurora, Ill., shows off her elephant logo at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)

    Delegates differ, but unify behind Romney

    By Sean Lengell - The Washington Times

    As Mitt Romney formally emerges from the Republican National Convention this week as the party's presidential nominee, many delegates on Wednesday cited his pro-businesses experience as their main attraction to the former Massachusetts governor. Published August 29, 2012

  • Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan waves before speaking to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Ryan says ticket won't 'duck the tough issues,' will repeal Obamacare

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Capping his meteoric rise to the heights of the Republican Party, Paul Ryan accepted the party's vice presidential nomination Wednesday, saying he considered it "a calling" at a time when the country needs to make tough decisions — and pledging that he and Mitt Romney won't shirk from them. Published August 29, 2012

  • Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Condoleezza Rice: America's voice 'muted' in world affairs

    By Associated Press

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the voice of the United States in world affairs "has been muted" under President Obama, creating a chaotic and dangerous security environment. Published August 29, 2012

  • Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney checks the teleprompter and sound levels with staff members Aug. 30, 2012, at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

    Romney erases 'Etch A Sketch' image

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    Mitt Romney's top strategist ignited a firestorm in March when he suggested that the candidate could "Etch A Sketch" away his campaign from the primaries — but Mr. Romney has yet to do a general-election wipe-down. Published August 29, 2012

  • Massachusetts Delegate Elizabeth Mahoney, center, talks with delegate Brandon Navom of Lowell, Mass., at the Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Massachusetts Republicans find Brown is their cup of tea

    By Paige Winfield Cunningham - The Washington Times

    He won election as the tea party's first successful candidate two years ago, but Sen. Scott P. Brown is now running for re-election as a political centrist — and his fellow Massachusetts Republicans say that's just fine with them. Published August 29, 2012

  • Juan Williams (Courtesy of foxnews.com)

    Social media voices help shape images of convention speakers

    By Andrea Billups - The Washington Times

    The wrath of the sisterhood has befallen TV pundit Juan Williams, whose post-speech attack Tuesday night on Ann Romney has toasted what little credibility he had with much-needed female voters who see the potential first lady — a cancer survivor and mother of five — as real and heroic. Published August 29, 2012

  • Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, reacts to the delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    McCain criticizes Obama on foreign policy

    By Associated Press

    Four years after he became the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain has returned to the Republican National Convention to enumerate what he says have been the foreign policy shortcomings of the Obama administration. Published August 29, 2012

  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reacts to the delegates as she arrives to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Rice says U.S. standing in the world is at risk

    By Associated Press

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says raising U.S. standing in the world depends on solving problems at home, and that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is the man to accomplish that task. Published August 29, 2012

  • GOP honors Ron Paul; Rand takes own path

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian hero, finally got his moment at the Republican National Convention in a video tribute Wednesday as his son Rand styled himself as an outsider who works inside the system — not necessarily the standard-bearer the rabid devotees of his father seek. Published August 29, 2012

  • **FILE** Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz stands on the stage Aug. 25, 2012, during preparation for the Republican National Convention festivities inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press)

    CURL: GOP convention speakers agree — no more years

    By Joseph Curl

    If you want passionate partisanship, look no further than — Alex Schriver? Published August 28, 2012

  • Former President George W. Bush begins his speech, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, during the annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Ga., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Ledger-Enquirer, Mike Haskey)

    Republican convention seeks a break from Bush's years

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The Republican convention may occasionally dip into the weeds this week, but it will do its best to stay away from the Bushes — as in former President George W. Bush, who still casts a long shadow over the party he led for a rocky eight-year tenure. Published August 28, 2012

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    DECKER: Obama beware: Clear skies for GOP

    By Brett M. Decker - The Washington Times

    Hurricane Isaac might be pounding the GOP convention in Tampa this week, but on the political front, the skies are clear for Republicans looking toward this year's election. During times of national crisis, the electorate acts rationally when presented with a clear alternative to the status quo that is responsible for the mess. In 2012, conservatives offer voters a comprehensive, united vision for cleaning up the Obama Great Recession and returning America to economic growth and prosperity. Published September 3, 2012

  • Illustration American Christie by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    DIAZ: Gov. Christie's convention call

    By Mario Diaz

    Gov. Chris Christie hit the ball out of the park in Tuesday night's keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. He was inspiring, challenging and real. Published August 30, 2012

  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley campaign at the Hall at Senate's End in Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday. Mr. Romney took aim at President Obama on the stump, saying he is in "over his head." (Associated Press)

    DECKER: Romney disses Obama's politics of envy

    By Brett M. Decker - The Washington Times

    Alot of hay has been made about the ideological divide between the Republican and Democratic tickets in this year's presidential campaign, and they definitely present two distinct options for voters in November. Published August 29, 2012

  • GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) talks to reporters on Monday, April 23, 2012, as he is joined by Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, during a news conference before a town-hall-style meeting in Aston, Pa. (Associated Press)

    MILLER: Circling the wagons for Romney

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    No punches were pulled in the fight to land the Republican Party's presidential nomination this cycle. Social conservatives, Tea Partyers, libertarians and moderates split to back their favored candidates in the primary campaign, but now the dust has settled and Mitt Romney has earned the nomination. Published August 29, 2012

  • Illustration by Nancy Ohanian

    CARDENAS: Unified GOP ready to rumble

    By Al Cardenas - The Washington Times

    The Republican National Convention is the ideal time to take the temperature of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. It's the one time every four years when thousands of party and conservative leaders come together to formally nominate our candidates for president and vice president, adopt a party platform and gather at dozens of events and convention activities to hear about the state of affairs of our country and the vision for tomorrow. Published August 28, 2012

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    SCHLAFLY: Republican Party platform best yet

    By Phyllis Schlafly - The Washington Times

    The Republican Party platform may be the best one ever adopted. The party has long since learned that fiscal, social and sovereignty issues cannot be ignored or separated, but must be addressed as all part of a national campaign. Published August 27, 2012

  • Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks Aug. 14, 2012, during a campaign event at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

    DECKER: Rough waters at GOP convention

    By Brett M. Decker - The Washington Times

    It will be a shame if Hurricane Isaac washes out the GOP convention in Tampa. Mitt Romney has done all the big things right so far in his run for the White House. He won a hotly contested Republican primary by sticking to an issues-oriented message that avoided attacking his opponents and isolating their supporters. Published August 25, 2012

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    SHIRLEY: Another history-making GOP convention

    By Craig Shirley

    Things were going bumpily according to plan for the men in charge of the President Ford Committee at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., in August 1976. With so many moving parts, however, most campaigns are at best "garbage moving in the right direction," as GOP operative Eddie Mahe once quipped. Published August 24, 2012

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    DECKER: 10 Tips: How Romney beats Obama

    By Brett M. Decker - The Washington Times

    Every day brings more good news for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. As Republicans gather in Tampa, Fla., for their national convention, their standard-bearer is ahead of President Obama in most national polls. Published August 24, 2012

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive at a campaign rally Sunday, August 12, 2012 in Mooresville, N.C. at the NASCAR Technical Institute. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)

    PRIEBUS: A convention and candidate for a better future

    By Reince Priebus

    As Republicans take the stage in Tampa, we have a message for Americans: Elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and we can get this country working again. America can do better than the last four years, and with the proven leadership of Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan, we can secure a better future for the country and the next generation. Published August 24, 2012

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