September 9, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's time to talk about love. Love among Democrats, that is. For if the refrain from the Republican National Convention went something along the lines of “we built it,” one of the more commonly used words in the Democratic National Convention might have been “love.” And how do the Democrats love? Let us count the ways. There were the particularly cheesy expressions of love Thursday night, perhaps capped by Vice President Joe Biden's very public declaration to his wife, Jill.
September 8, 2012 |
Republicans watch this, Democrats tweet that. Data from the last two weeks of rhetoric-filled political conventions show that Americans are increasingly funneling into separate partisan media silos. Right-leaning Fox News Channel scored huge numbers during prime-time coverage of the Republican National Convention. And Democrats, during their gathering that wrapped up Thursday, raced to liberal-skewing MSNBC and filled social-media platforms with millions of comments during speeches from President Obama and others.
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September 7, 2012 |
One day after being booed at the Democratic National Convention during an embarrassing dust-up over his party's official platform, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered a high-profile speech Thursday that offered red meat to the party faithful. Villaraigosa hammered Republicans for their positions on taxes and Medicare and took aim at GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's suggestion that cracking down on illegal immigrants would persuade many of them to leave the United States of their own will.
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jubilant Democrats chanted, “Fired Up! Ready to Go!” as they streamed out of Time Warner Cable Arena late Thursday night after hearing President Obama deliver his pitch for a second term on the final night of their convention. Granted, this was a friendly crowd, so they gushed over his remarks as well as those earlier in the week by former President Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. But they said Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention renewed their energy and would motivate them to work harder in what is anticipated to be a tight race with Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four years ago, when Barack Obama gave his last speech to a Democratic National Convention, 85,000 cheering supporters under a broad Denver sky helped him ride a wave of emotion all the way to the White House. Now, as he prepares to accept his party's nomination for a second term, aides and advisors say he faces a far more difficult task. "There was less riding on that speech than now, just because there's a closer election," said David Axelrod, a longtime advisor and message guru who joined Obama on a swing through battleground states this week.
September 6, 2012 |
It was a clash of titans, and Bill Clinton won. Wednesday night's prime-time coverage of the Democratic National Convention, which featured a fiery and finger-pointing address by former President Bill Clinton, attracted 25.1 million viewers, according to ratings giant Nielsen. The Democrats out-muscled the season opener of NFL football on NBC, which drew 23.9 million viewers. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants on the field. The second night of the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., was off slightly from the opening night of the event, which faced significantly less competition on TV. On Tuesday night, the convention showcased Michelle Obama and drew 26.2 million viewers. The Democratic convention continues to draw a larger audience than last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The second night of coverage of the Republican National Convention, which featured Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the GOP nominee for vice president, drew 21.94 million viewers.