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August 28, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
TAMPA, Fla. - House Speaker John A. Boehner opened prime time at the Republican National Convention with a rousing call to toss President Obama from office. Boehner told the story of having worked in his family's bar when he was growing up in Cincinnati, where he learned to deal with “every character who walked in the door.” “So let's say right now, a guy walked into our bar and said, 'The private sector is doing fine,' ” said Boehner, the convention chairman, as Tuesday's main session got underway.
August 28, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Having formally nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to face off against President Obama in November, delegates at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday turned their attention to the more important items on their agenda: selling their party and their nominee to the general public. The latter job will be entrusted to Romney's wife Ann, whom the campaign has relied upon increasingly to humanize the guarded candidate and provide a window into his personality. As for selling the party, that will fall mainly to the Republican "reform" governors who will take the podium.
August 26, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. - Professor Newt is heading to Tampa to school the delegates at the Republican National Convention. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a onetime college professor, plans to lead daily two-hour seminars called “Newt U” every day of the convention on rotating campuses in the region, the RNC announced Sunday. It's a reprise of the role - an academic and historian - that Gingrich relished playing on the campaign trail during his unsuccessful GOP primary bid. Each two-hour seminar is linked to that day's convention theme and features speakers, including Wisc.
August 24, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Washington columnist Doyle McManus will report from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Monday to Thursday, which will feature a who's who from the GOP in support of the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket. Speakers include Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Condoleezza Rice and Rick Santorum. In the months leading up to the convention, McManus has written about Romney's arithmetic problem , attack ad politics and healthcare . He's also asked why President Obamaand Romney haven't addressed the four wars the U.S. is engaged in and, most recently, McManus has questioned whether the outcome of the presidential race will make any difference at all. On Wednesday, McManus will host a half-hour Google+ Hangout from the convention floor beginning at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET)
August 24, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The marquee night of next week's Republican National Convention will feature testimonials from individuals who worked with Mitt Romney in his local church - the most expansive discussion yet by the GOP hopeful's campaign of his Mormon faith. A senior Romney official who briefed reporters Friday morning said that among the representatives of the church who will be featured Thursday would be someone who followed him as the leader of the faith community and who would talk "about what it was like to fill Gov. Romney's shoes.
August 24, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
TAMPA, Fla. - The first day of Paul Festival, a three-day celebration of Ron Paul and the movement he led, kicked off Friday with a sparsely attended gathering in the cavernous hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Organizers had initially hoped 40,000 would attend the three-day event, but are now hoping for 5,000, attributing the smaller numbers to Paul throwing his own rally on Sunday and the possibility of inclement weather. On Friday afternoon, hundreds listened to bands and speakers, and meandered through an exhibition hall that featured not only vendors hawking Paul gear and gold, but also booths for the John Birch Society, Scientology and a three-day “Ron Paul Cruise 2013” to the Bahamas.
August 23, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Tropical Storm Isaac's outreach is expected to be felt in Florida by late Sunday night -- just as Mitt Romney , Paul Ryan and the GOP faithful are gathering in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will leave it up to Republican Party officials to decide whether to call off or delay the gathering in the face of a growing threat from Tropical Storm Isaac, according to the Associated Press. Just five days away from the start of Monday's convention, the weather predictions are far less certain than whom the Republicans will nominate to as their presidential candidate.
July 9, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
Mitt Romney pulled in a blockbuster fundraising haul in June, collecting $106.1 million for his campaign and the Republican Party, his campaign announced today. The total marks Romney's best fundraising month yet, as the former Massachusetts governor continues to capitalize on the large donations he can now collect through joint fundraising with the Republican National Committee and other affiliated groups.  The June haul was also boosted by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's healthcare law; officials claimed $4.6 million -- mostly in small donations -- came into the joint fundraising effort in the 24 hours following the decision.
May 1, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee launched a new social media hub Tuesday, building on established RNC efforts and Facebook's open graph to create the  “Social Victory Center.”  The Facebook app, the first of its kind in the political sector, seeks to create a similar social, procedural and effectual experience to that of the physical Victory Centers scattered across the country. Built with the goal of going where its audiences already exist and spend a sizable amount of their time (users average six to seven hours a month on Facebook)
April 25, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Newt Gingrich will suspend his presidential campaign on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets, and Rick Santorum will meet with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney three days later, tying up loose ends as Republicans unite behind Romney for the general election campaign against President Obama. Romney's status as the inevitable nominee has not been in question for weeks, but his sweep of five Northeast primaries on Tuesday night prompted the Republican National Committee to announce on Wednesday that it has launched a “merger” between its operation and the Romney campaign.
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