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The Takeaway

What Did the Republican Convention Leave Out?

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tens of thousands of words were uttered onstage at the Republican National Convention this week. Some words cropped up repeatedly: "Jobs." "Economy." "Families." "Obama." Others, such as "Afghanistan," received far less attention.

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The Takeaway

The Artful Branding of Mitt Romney

Friday, August 31, 2012

It’s simple, but true. We vote for people we like. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has run on the platform that he’s a businessman, who will run the country like a boss runs a company. But do people like the idea of a boss as president?

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The Takeaway

Mitt Romney Takes His Turn on Stage

Friday, August 31, 2012

In all of the speeches, hubbub, and storylines coming out of the Republican National Convention, it sometimes seemed the leading man of the show would be overshadowed by the rising stars of the Republican Party. But presidential candidate Mitt Romney finally had the stage to himself last night.

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WNYC News

Romney Makes His Case: Jobs

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mitt Romney launched his fall campaign for the White House Thursday night with a rousing, remarkably personal speech to the Republican National convention and a prime-time TV audience, proclaiming that America needs "jobs, lots of jobs" and promising to create 12 million of them in perilous economic times.

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New Jersey News

In the Spotlight of the RNC, The Garden State Blossoms

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Once Clint Eastwood came out center stage in Tampa to interrogate an empty chair that represented President Barack Obama the New Jersey delegation never sat down.

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The Takeaway

A Democratic Politician Turned Republican Star

Thursday, August 30, 2012

In 2008 former congressman Artur Davis gave a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention seconding the nomination of then presidential candidate Barack Obama. On Tuesday night, Davis spoke again at a party convention, but this time for the Republicans, in firm opposition to his former friend.

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The Takeaway

Meet the Delegates: Rick Santorum Supporters

Thursday, August 30, 2012

This week, The Takeaway has profiled to Republican National Convention delegates from across the country about the GOP convention and what they think about the future of the country. Today we profile a mother and daughter delegate team from Oregon who came to the convention in support of Rick Santorum.

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The Takeaway

The Resurrection of Condoleeza Rice

Thursday, August 30, 2012

This year's Republican National Convention has been about the young new stars of the party and an obvious distancing from the Bush Era. The party's strategy did not, however, apply to former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who spoke last night in Tampa.

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The Takeaway

How Effective Was Paul Ryan's Convention Address?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan headlined the Republican National Convention last night. Ryan is considered by many to be the face and brains of the party’s political course. His pick as VP was seen as an attempt to energize voters and a way to shore up conservative support for Mitt Romney, who some Republicans find too moderate.

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WNYC News

Ryan: Romney Won't 'Duck Tough Issues' on Economy

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Seizing the campaign spotlight, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan embraced "the calling of my generation" to help lead the country in tough times Wednesday night and pledged to cheering Republican National Convention delegates and a prime time TV audience that Mitt Romney will make the bold and difficult decisions needed to repair the nation's economy.

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The Takeaway

Republican National Convention: Day 2 Photos

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Takeaway Digital Editor Alex Johnson snapped some shots on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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The Takeaway

Women React to Ann Romney Convention Speech

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

After a tough struggle for the GOP with women voters over the past few weeks, following controversial comments from Republican Congressman Todd Akin, has Ann Romney emerged as a new national figure for women?

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The Takeaway

Meet the Delegates: Ron Paul Supporters

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Two hundred and eighty-six delegates have traveled to Tampa, Florida for the Republican National Convention, and last night those delegates chose the next Republican nominee for president. The Takeaway set out to meet some of these delegates and hear their stories.

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The Takeaway

Chris Christie Gives Keynote Speech at GOP Convention

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered the keynote address last night at the Republican National Convention. The address followed the party’s official nomination of Mitt Romney. But just as important as the keynote speech is the speaker him or herself.

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The Takeaway

Republican Reaction to Christie's Keynote Speech

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich went down to the convention floor to get reactions from Chris Christie's RNC keynote address.

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Transportation Nation

RNC Interview w/ House Transpo Chair John Mica: "My Race was Heart and Soul of Repub Party"

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Transportation Nation partners, The Takeaway and WNYC are broadcasting night and day live from the Republican National Convention.

Here's a short conversation between our Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich and House Transportation Committee Chair, Congressman John Mica (R-Fla).

Mica talks cautiously about Republican chances in November and addresses some tough questions on the "soul" of the GOP as Tea Party  candidates try to shift the party rightward, and away from longtime incumbents like himself.

"You can get all the republicans you want and you still can't win. You have to have independents and you also have to have soft democrats as we call them," Mica says.

Mica just emerged from a scathing and expensive primary battle with a Tea Party challenger. "We said my race was about the heart and soul of the Republican party," Mica says. "The good news is the heart and soul is still very sound."

He called himself "living proof" that Republican voters want "adult supervision" in Washington, and predicted compromise and leadership if his party wins big in November.

Keep checking back for more from the RNC and soon the DNC from key political players in the world of transportation and infrastructure.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Republican Convention Coverage Part 2

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Our coverage continues of the RNC live from radio row, featuring:

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The Takeaway

The Art of the Convention Speech

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Historically, candidates have used the publicity afforded by the national conventions as an opportunity to define, or to redefine, their campaign to the American public. The Takeaway takes a look back at notable speeches of conventions past.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Republican Convention Coverage Part 1

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Republican convention officially begins after losing Day 1 to severe weather. Coverage continues live from radio row, featuring:

  • John Sununu, former Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff under George H. W. Bush
  • Gwen Ifill, managing editor and moderator of Washington Week and a senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour

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The Takeaway

Republican National Convention: Day 1 Photos

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Here are some photos taken by The Takeaway Digital Editor Alex Johnson during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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