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Priebus wants to move Republican National Convention to June or July

Priebus wants to move Republican National Convention to June or July

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday he wants the party to hold its presidential nominating convention earlier in the year, preferably in June or July.

"I'm calling for a convention in June or July," Priebus said on CBS News's "Face The Nation. "We are going to set up a commission that's going to make that decision. I'm going to be a part of that, I'm going to chair that commission But no more August conventions."

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Political conventions had the Worst Week in Washington

OK, we admit it: We love convention season. Despite the lack of sleep, the August/September heat and the fact that we essentially neglect our families for two weeks straight, there’s nothing quite like the scene that is the political convention.

All of that said, it’s time the political convention did a little soul-searching.

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The death of the convention bounce?

The death of the convention bounce?

The convention bounce may not be extinct. But it’s definitely on vacation.

It’s still way too early to say anything definitive, but the limited numbers we have seen since last week’s Republican National Convention show Mitt Romney managing a small and in most cases statistically insignificant bounce.

History shows that presidential candidates, and particularly challengers, generally see a bump up in the polls in the aftermath of their parties’ conventions. Three or four days of what has generally amounted to a near-monopoly on the political news cycle will tend to do that.

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Is Mitt Romney right about the country’s economic pessimism?

Is Mitt Romney right about the country’s economic pessimism?

Updated at 3:15 pm

Mitt Romney cast the American public in a pessimistic mood in his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday night. He said:

“But today, four years from the excitement of the last election, for the first time, the majority of Americans now doubt that our children will have a better future.”

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The most cringe-worthy lines of the 2012 GOP convention (that didn’t involve Clint Eastwood)

Clint Eastwoods performance Thursday night at the Republican National Convention might have been the most groan-worthy of the week, but it was hardly the only moment that had some viewers shuddering.

Heres a recap of some of the most uncomfortable, clichd and downright cheesy moments from what was the 2012 GOP convention:

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Republican National Convention night 3: Winners and losers

Republican National Convention night 3: Winners and losers

TAMPA — And, it’s all over.

The Republican National Convention is in the books with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney wrapping up the festivities with his acceptance speech.

Our take on who was good and who was Clint Eastwood is below. Have thoughts of your own? The comments section awaits.

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Live-tweeting the 3rd night of the Republican National Convention!

TAMPA — It’s here: The Republican National Convention concludes tonight with the acceptance speech of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as the big moment of the four-day extravaganza.

And, if it’s another night of speeches, funny hats and awkward dancing then it’s another night of live-tweeting from the Fix posse. You can follow all of our thoughts below.

Live-tweeting the 3rd night of the Republican National Convention!

TAMPA — It’s here: The Republican National Convention concludes tonight with the acceptance speech of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as the big moment of the four-day extravaganza.

And, if it’s another night of speeches, funny hats and awkward dancing then it’s another night of live-tweeting from the Fix posse. You can follow all of our thoughts below.

Did Paul Ryan bend the truth? And does it matter?

Did Paul Ryan bend the truth? And does it matter?

TAMPA — Republicans have accused President Obama of trading in his message of hope and change for Chicago-style politics.

But their own new vice presidential pick also took a step down from the political high road on Wednesday night, or at least exposed himself to criticism of playing fast and loose with the facts.

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Who you won’t see on stage at the Republican National Convention

Who you won’t see on stage at the Republican National Convention

TAMPA — The Republican Party is increasingly reliant on the votes of white men and Southerners.

Despite losing in the 2008 presidential race, Republicans took 54 percent of the Southern vote and 57 percent of white men, and in recent elections, these have been their most reliable demographics.

But if youve been watching the Republican National Convention this week, youll notice that old Southern twang is mysteriously absent from the stage.

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Live-tweeting the Republican National Convention!

TAMPA — The Republican National Convention — finally — gets under way tonight with a packed slate of speakers including Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The Fix previewed the speakers you need to keep an eye tonight earlier today but what would a Republican convention be if we couldn’t offer our stream-of-consciousness take on the proceedings?

Below is our live-tweeting of the night’s festivities. Think of it as Mystery Science Theater 3000 for politics. And, you can always follow us on @TheFix, @FixAaron and @FixSean.

Ron Paul supporters come up short in rules fight

Ron Paul supporters come up short in rules fight

Updated at 4:39 p.m.

TAMPA — Grassroots Republican activists and Ron Paul supporters came up shy in their effort to beat back two major rule changes Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

Amidst a contentious scene on the floor of the convention, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) ruled that the committee rules had passed by a voice vote — despite loud protest from many in the arena.

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GOP poll: Two-fifths of Americans say Obama is ‘very liberal’

GOP poll: Two-fifths of Americans say Obama is ‘very liberal’

TAMPA — Four years after President Obama was elected as transformational figure ready to unite the country, a new GOP poll shows Americans by and large see him as being pretty liberal.

Thirty-nine percent of the country sees Obama as being “very liberal,” according to a new survey from the Republican polling consortium Resurgent Republic released on the first day of the Republican National Convention. The poll also shows, for maybe the first time, voters rate Obama’s personal qualities less favorably than his job performance.

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Why the GOP gambled on Tampa

Tampa is basically a perfect place for a major party’s national convention — except for the weather, of course.

Republican Party officials knew that there was always the threat of a hurricane during an August convention on the West Coast of Florida. It rolled the dice and came up snake-eyes.

But apart from the threat of severe weather — which we should emphasize was pretty small — and the already-tough-to-handle heat, Tampa made a whole lot of sense as a host city.

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Biden’s (kind of) unprecedented party-crashing mission in Tampa

Vice President Biden’s unprecedented planned visit to Tampa during the Republican National Convention there next week is causing a big stir and apparently surprising a lot of people.

But it probably shouldn’t.

Biden’s visit represents merely that latest ratcheting up in a behind-the-scenes campaign practice known as “bracketing.”

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Your RNC keynote speaker: Chris Christie’s best moments

What will Chris Christie say in his Republican National Committee convention keynote speech?

We don’t know (sorry). But the New Jersey governor is one of the most prolific politicians on YouTube. So we can look at some of his greatest rhetorical moments for some hints.

Most of Christie’s greatest hits (which his office often records and promotes) had to do with his state’s long fight against teachers’ unions — a topic that will likely come up at the RNC.

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Sarah Palin won’t speak at GOP convention

Sarah Palin has announced that she will not be speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention, saying it’s time to give others a chance.

“This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them,” she said in a statement to Fox News’s Greta van Susteren.

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What the Republican convention speakers say about the GOP

Republicans have added four names to Monday’s initial list of seven speakers who will address the party’s national convention in Tampa, Florida later this month. Each of the 11 picks says something about the party — and the image GOP nominee Mitt Romney wants to convey as he seeks to introduce (or reintroduce) himself to a national audience.

Of the 11 announced speakers, four are women, five are current governors and three are men Romney has run against for president.


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., left, accompanied by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday Oct. 13, 2011, to discuss the introduction of a Republican alternative jobs bill. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Below is a rundown of the names and why they were chosen.

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