Aug 29, 2012, 12:55 pm EDT
On the first full day of the Republican National Convention, where Mitt Romney was formally chosen as the Republicans’ presidential nominee and Ann Romney gave a speech introducing her husband, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie was also thrust into the spotlight again. And he did not disappoint.
Given the prime keynote slot at the convention, Christie came out swinging on behalf of Mitt Romney and against the Democrats and President Barack Obama. His speech was full of the tough love and rhetorical bluster that had many pundits suggesting he might be a good fit for Romney’s VP choice, which eventually went to Rep. Paul Ryan.
Here are some highlights of Christie’s speech to the RNC. Read
Aug 29, 2012, 11:28 am EDT
The Obama administration is continuing its “green” push, announcing new regulations today that will require automakers to almost double the fuel efficiency of their vehicles by 2025.
By 2025, new cars and trucks will have to get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon. The current standard is 28.6 miles per gallon. Requirements will be gradually introduced, with fines for automakers that do not meet the standard.
The move is an attempt by the Obama administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. Fully implemented, the new standard should cut emissions from vehicles in half by 2025. It will also save consumers $7,400 in fuel costs over the life of a vehicle. Read
Aug 28, 2012, 5:44 pm EDT
After a brutal July and early August, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has begun to gain on his opponent, President Barack Obama.
For the past couple of weeks, the president’s lead in the national polls has shrunk and the two now appear nearly even. But over the last seven days, the president’s lead over Romney has fallen by 2 percentage points in Real Clear Politics’ compendium of national polls; it’s now a mere 1.4 points. His approval rating also has slipped by 0.5 points during that time. The red and blue lines on Real Clear Politics’ polling chart appear to be converging.
And Intrade, the online prediction market, now gives the president a 55.8% chance of being reelected, a pretty sharp 2.3-point drop over the past week. Read
Aug 28, 2012, 10:30 am EDT
Chris Matthews is not happy, and he let Republicans know it yesterday, when he accused RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and the GOP of playing the race card at recent campaign events and with party policy.
Matthews and Priebus were appearing on yesterday’s “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC, in advance of the Republican National Convention’s kick-off. Matthews was not happy about a joke Romney made about birth certificates at a recent campaign event, which he thought played into the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. “It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card … you are playing that ethnic card there,” Matthews said.
When Priebus laughed the comment off, and as show co-host Joe Scarborough tried to speak up, Matthews continued. “[Y]ou can sit there and giggle about it, but the fact is your party is playing that card.” Matthews didn’t buy Priebus’ explanation that Romney was just trying to build his brand with the joke, saying that he thought it was funny that Romney’s “first joke” was about Obama’s birth certificate. Read
Aug 27, 2012, 11:25 am EDT
The Republican party is reaching into both the past and Ron Paul’s playbook, as party officials are considering calling for a commission to study returning to the gold standard in their platform.
The gold standard, which was last used in the United States in 1971, would set a fixed value for American dollars based on a set amount of gold. The issue of returning to the gold standard has become popular in recent years, as presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul has supported going back to a gold standard, and with Utah passing a law last year that makes gold legal tender in the state.
Here are five things you should know about the GOP’s potential push to return to the gold standard. Read
Aug 26, 2012, 11:23 pm EDT
As the Republican National Convention gets ready to kick off tomorrow in Tampa Bay, Fla., here are three things to look for during the event that will confirm Mitt Romney as the GOP presidential candidate.
Hurricane Isaac: Can Romney show Americans that he feels their pain?
As the Republican Party convenes in Tampa to formally nominate Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice-President, Hurricane Isaac is poised to rain on their parade. Political conventions are usually a sure-fire way for the candidates to generate a lot of positive media coverage and suck up much of the news cycle. The Romney campaign was counting on the carefully scripted convention to introduce Mitt on its own terms, as a successful businessman and conservative, all-American family guy.
Isaac’s arrival will give the Romney camp an unexpected opportunity to be what everyone assumes he is not: empathetic and likable. Political conventions are formally about nominating candidates and ratifying platforms, but in reality, they are a week of extravagant parties and high-level networking. Read