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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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Gallup: Obama’s convention bounce is basically gone

Gallup: Obama’s convention bounce is basically gone

Mitt Romney isn’t having a good week. But whatever problems he has, President Obama’s convention bounce doesn’t appear to be chief among them.

The latest Gallup daily tracking poll of the presidential race shows Romney and Obama in essentially the same position they were in the weeks before the Democratic National Convention — and the GOP convention, for that matter — with Obama at 47 percent and Romney at 46 percent.

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Obama grows leads in top three swing states

Obama grows leads in top three swing states

President Obama’s bump has made its way into three key swing states, according to new polling from Marist College, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

The new Marist polls show Obama leading Mitt Romney by five points each in Florida and Virginia and by seven points in Ohio.

Obama’s margin in all three states is larger than it has been in other recent polling and suggests the Democratic National Convention paid dividends for the president in the states where it matters most. National polling has suggested a small but significant Obama bounce, but there has been limited polling in swing states since the convention ended a week ago.

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Bill Clinton, Democratic National Convention star

Bill Clinton, Democratic National Convention star

Bill Clinton’s speech was the highlight of last week’s Democratic National Convention, according to the results of a Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll released Monday.

Nearly three-in-10 Americans (29 percent) who watched at least a little of the coverage of the Charlotte convention said Clinton’s address was the highlight of the gathering, while just 16 percent said President Obama’s speech was the highlight. First lady Michelle Obama, who gave aprime-timeaddress on the first night of the convention, was not far behind thepresident, with 15 percent choosing her address as the highlight.

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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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How President Obama’s acceptance speech stacked up — in 1 chart

With President Obama’s acceptance speech now in the history books, the comparisons to speeches past will now begin in earnest.

To that end, C-SPAN, a network close to the Fix’s heart, posted a great chart on Thursday night that details the length of every presidential acceptance speech since 1972.

Here’s the chart:

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Obama’s challenge: Win over economic doubters

Obama’s challenge: Win over economic doubters

Obama takes the podium Thursday night with a massive challenge: Convince voters who think he has mismanaged the economy the nations No. 1 issue to support him in November.

The reason Obama must take on this extraordinary feat of persuasion is simple. For more than two years, a majority of Americans have disapproved of Obamas performance on the economy. And if that trend continues, Obama will need to win a greater share of economic disapprovers than Romney needs to win economic approvers.

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Bill Clinton’s speech — in 1 word cloud

CHARLOTTE — If you read this blog, you know that the Fix is a lover of word clouds. So, when we saw this very cool one on the most commonly used words in former President Bill Clinton’s 5,000-plus words speech last night, our ears perked up. (The word cloud is part of a bigger analytical tool called “Say What” that was created by the good folks at the Washington Post.)

Here it is:



That word cloud will bring a smile to the face of the White House. Not only was “jobs” the most mentioned word in Clinton’s speech but “Obama” was second — a frequency of mentions that immediately stamped out any chatter that Clinton was doing as much for his brand as for the Democratic cause more broadly.

Is Bill Clinton one of the best presidents in history?

Is Bill Clinton one of the best presidents in history?

Bill Clinton’s face doesn’t appear on Mount Rushmore, and he doesn’t have a monument bearing his name in Washington, D.C. That much we know.

But judging by the reaction to the former president these days, it seems some are ready to mention him in the same breath as some of those bronze and stone statues.

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Fix Hangout with DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse

Woodhouse discussed that change, as well as the decision earlier Wednesday by campaign officials to move President Obama’s acceptance speech from Bank of America stadium indoors to the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Washington Post White House reporter Amy Gardner also joined them on the set, and Fix blogger Sean Sullivan and The Root political correspondent Keli Goff piped in to the discussion via Google+ Hangout.Do you want to join the final Hangout of the conventions on Thursday? Fill out the form below, and we might invite you to participate in a reader panel with Chris and the other journalists and anewsmakerbefore President Obama addresses the convention.

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Julian Castro’s next step, and why it might have to wait

Julian Castro’s next step, and why it might have to wait

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was plucked from relative obscurity to deliver the keynote address at this week’s Democratic National Convention.

After his speech Tuesday, though, plenty of people are buzzing about the 37-year old, who was introduced by his also-fast-rising twin brother Joaquin.

Julian Castro is making the rounds Wednesday, with morning appearances on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and CNN. He is also appearing at a Texas delegation event and will participate in panels hosted by Univision/National Journal/ABC News at 12:30 p.m. and Huffington Post/NBC News at 1:30 p.m.

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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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Obama’s standing in North Carolina before DNC

Obama’s standing in North Carolina before DNC



Mitt Romney has a slim edge in North Carolina over President Obama, according to a new poll of likely voters in the state. Romney’s 47 to 43 percent lead over Obama, in a poll from Elon University for the Charlotte Observer,is a slight improvement from other recent polls showing an almost even race.

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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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Bobby Jindal’s delayed debut

Bobby Jindal’s delayed debut

He’s regarded as one of the brightest emerging stars in the GOP. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s moment on the national stage is going to have to wait. Again.

Jindal, who had been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, is skipping the gatheringto stay inLouisianaas his state braces for Tropical Storm Issac, which is bearing down on the Gulf Coast. Jindal might be feeling a touch of deja vu today. Four years ago, he missed anopportunityto speak at theRepublicanNational Convention in Minnesota, due to another storm that hit his home state, Hurricane Gustav.

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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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Marco Rubio: Obama can’t run by saying things have gotten better

Marco Rubio: Obama can’t run by saying things have gotten better

Responding to President Obama’s charge that Mitt Romney has adopted extreme positions, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that the president is leveling his attack because he lacks the record to run for reelection bypointingtoimprovements in the state of the country.

“Barack Obama can’t run by saying, ‘Vote for me because things have gotten better. Vote for me because my ideas have worked.’ And so I think you’re going to see more and more of this type of rhetoric on his behalf,” Rubio said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

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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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GOP delegates will vote to nominate Romney on Monday

Delegates from each state will cast their votes for president on the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday.

The “rolling roll call of the states” is the formal process by which delegates cast votes on behalf of their respective states and paves the way for the nomination of the party’s presidential candidate, which will officially take place on the final day of the convention next Thursday.

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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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Florida primary’s winner-take-all delegate situation, explained

Florida primary’s winner-take-all delegate situation, explained

There is a good bit of confusion about how Florida will award its delegates following today’s primary.

So, to clear things up, here’s where we stand:

A new Republican National Committee rule says that no state holding its presidential contest before April is allowed to award its delegates to the national convention on a winner-take-all basis, unless it is one of the four early carve-out states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada).

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Gingrich and Santorum: We’re in it for the long haul

Gingrich and Santorum: We’re in it for the long haul

Mitt Romney is on course for victory in the Florida primary, but the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum say they aren’t leaving the race anytime soon.

Gingrich’s campaign says it aims to win enough delegates in the coming months to force a brokered convention, and Santorum’s campaign has turned its focus to the contests in early February and then to Super Tuesday in early March.

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