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Romney Advisors Claim Ignorance on Mystery RNC Speaker

Romney Advisors Claim Ignorance on Mystery RNC Speaker

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(NEW YORK) — Top Romney advisors claim they have been left in the dark about a mystery speaker who may address the convention on Thursday night.“I do not know.  I’m intrigued,” Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior advisor to Romne…

Jindal Skips Another GOP Convention With a Storm in Mind

Jindal Skips Another GOP Convention With a Storm in Mind

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) — As Tropical Storm Isaac barrels toward the Gulf Coast, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that he’ll forgo attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa Fla., in order to focus on monit…

Tampa’s Mayor Tells Reporters ‘Everything Going Smoothly’

Tampa’s Mayor Tells Reporters ‘Everything Going Smoothly’

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(Tampa, Fla.) — Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told reporters Monday morning that things were running smoothly in his city – both from Tropical Storm Isaac and the first protests connected to the Republican National Conventio…

Despite Isaac, RNC Delegates Carry On With Beachfront Activities

Despite Isaac, RNC Delegates Carry On With Beachfront Activities

Win McNamee/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — The Republican National Convention has been effectively delayed by a day, but most of the 2286 delegates, plus alternates, are already in town. And they’re not going to let some strong winds and rain get i…

Paul Ryan Will Give Sneak Peak to RNC Speech at Hometown Rally

Paul Ryan Will Give Sneak Peak to RNC Speech at Hometown Rally

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — Paul Ryan will give one of the biggest speeches of his life on Wednesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., with 20 million viewers tuning in. The venue for Ryan’s speech on Monday couldn&…

GOP’s Big Squeeze: Convention Schedule Trimmed to Three Days

GOP’s Big Squeeze: Convention Schedule Trimmed to Three Days

ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) — Republican officials are getting a lesson in how to squeeze a national convention into just three days.In a conference call with reporters on Sunday, Romney campaign strategist Russ Schriefer said that Tropical Storm Isaac — s…

Mitt and Ann Romney Prep for Convention Speeches

Mitt and Ann Romney Prep for Convention Speeches

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Practice makes perfect, so for Mitt and Ann Romney that meant spending a Sunday evening inside a local New Hampshire prep school practicing their convention speeches.The Romneys spent about two hours Sunday night…

Ron Paul Rallies Supporters Ahead of GOP Convention

Ron Paul Rallies Supporters Ahead of GOP Convention

Alex Wong/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — Rep. Ron Paul might have fallen short in his bid for the presidency, but on Sunday afternoon the libertarian leaning Texas congressman proclaimed his “liberty movement” was alive and well.Paul took cen…

Newt Gingrich Says at ‘Newt U,’ History Will Be Toughest Grader

Newt Gingrich Says at ‘Newt U,’ History Will Be Toughest Grader

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Newt Gingrich has been given a role at the Republican National Convention that he says he loves to play: professor.  The RNC declared four days of courses — being labeled as “Newt University” — to be g…

Tampa Braces for High Winds; Fla. Governor Preps Response

Tampa Braces for High Winds; Fla. Governor Preps Response

ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) — With Tropical Storm Isaac whipping the Florida Keys Sunday with high winds and driving rain, Florida Gov. Rick Scott says that the state’s focus moving forward is ensuring the safety of the Sunshine State’s 19 …

Isaac Interrupts Lavish Political Party

Isaac Interrupts Lavish Political Party

iStockphoto/Thinkstock)(TAMPA, Fla.) — A tropical storm named Isaac may accomplish what watchdog groups, newspaper editorials and ethics laws have not: it put a dent in the over-the-top entertaining and partying by lobbyists and special interests tryi…

Romney Convention Reset ‘Not Gonna Work,’ Obama Camp Says

Romney Convention Reset ‘Not Gonna Work,’ Obama Camp Says

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In a prebuttal to the Republican Convention, the Obama campaign says attempts by presumptive nominee Mitt Romney to refresh his image on the national stage are “not gonna work.”A spoof movie trailer pro…

GOP Postpones Start of Republican National Convention Due to Hurricane Isaac Threat

GOP Postpones Start of Republican National Convention Due to Hurricane Isaac Threat

NOAA via Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — Republicans have cut short their national convention by one day due to the looming threat of a severe storm that is about to pound the state of Florida, party officials announced Saturday.Less than 48 hours be…

Storm Veers West, But RNC Not ‘Out of the Woods’

Storm Veers West, But RNC Not ‘Out of the Woods’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Republican delegates can breathe a slight sigh of relief today as Tropical Storm Isaac, which was originally projected to slam into the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla. Tuesday, veers to the west and might now make landfall more th…

Optimistic Romney Says ‘Winds of Change’ Barreling Toward RNC

Optimistic Romney Says ‘Winds of Change’ Barreling Toward RNC

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(HOPKINS, Minn.) – Mitt Romney isn’t going to let a little rain ruin his parade — into the Republican National Convention, that is.With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on the Caribbean and barreling towa…

RNC Forecast: Convention With a Chance of Chaos

RNC Forecast: Convention With a Chance of Chaos

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Mitt Romney is likely to officially become the GOP’s presidential nominee on the first day of the Republican National Convention next week.And although it looks like Tampa could get drenched on Monday as the delegates…

Police Spend $50 Million in Taxpayer Funds for Convention Security

Police Spend $50 Million in Taxpayer Funds for Convention Security

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Armored trucks. Digital Sandbox software upgrades. EOD X-ray machines. If it sounds like a techie’s dream come true, think again: These gadgets are all part of a slew of new gear for police in Tampa, Fla., and Char…

Florida Governor: No Plans to Cancel GOP Convention

Florida Governor: No Plans to Cancel GOP Convention

NOAA via Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott Thursday sought to calm fears about a possible hurricane’s threatening to close down the Republican National Convention next week in Tampa, telling reporters that “right now there is not any…

Storm Threatens to Swamp Republican Convention

Storm Threatens to Swamp Republican Convention

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Isaac, currently a tropical storm brewing southeast of Puerto Rico, is on track to hit Florida the same day that Mitt Romney and 50,000 Republican delegates, journalists, protestors and guests descend on Tampa for the R…

GOP Bracing for Perfect Storm of Problems in Tampa

GOP Bracing for Perfect Storm of Problems in Tampa

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If Republicans think they’re going to have a calm week nominating Mitt Romney for president in Tampa, Fla., they might have another thing coming.Or, actually, a number of other things to watch out for.Security will be tig…

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