Coverage of the Republican National Convention Aug, 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.
Clint Eastwood earned plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney. But others came to his defense.
Mitt Romney, facing an enormous job in uniting the Republican party, reintroduces himself.
The Republican panel included House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Margaret Spellings, a former George W. Bush domestic policy adviser. But the audience clapped for only one person at the beginning of a discussion on education policy Thursday: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Rep. Paul Ryan used his convention speech to fault President Obama for failing to act on a deficit-reduction plan that he himself helped kill. He chided Democrats for seeking $716 billion in Medicare cuts that he too had sought. And he lamented the nation's credit rating -- which was downgraded after a debt-ceiling standoff that he and other House Republicans helped instigate. His speech -- peppered with statements that were incorrect, incomplete or incompatible with his own record -- seemed to signal the arrival of a new kind of campaign, one in which concerns about fact-checking have been largely set aside. Here's a look at some of the issues:
More than 20 million people viewed the convention Tuesday night, and more of them watched on Fox News than on any other TV outlet. According to preliminary ratings, 6.9 million people watched Fox from 10 to 11 p.m., the hour that featured major speeches by Ann Romney and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. NBC pulled in 4.8 million viewers; CBS had 3.1 million; ABC had 2.9 million; and CNN and MSNBC had 1.5 million each. The figures appear to put the ratings for Tuesday, the first full day of proceedings, on par with the first full day of the RNC convention in 2008. About 21.5 million people tuned in then.
Viewers tuning into the Republican National Convention have heard Ann Romney speak lovingly of her husband and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pledge "a new era of truth telling." What they haven't heard is talk of offshore tax havens, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, or questions about President Barack Obama's birthplace — the kind of divisive issues that have bedeviled Mitt Romney in the weeks before formally accepting his party's presidential nomination.
They seem to be on every street corner. Police officers riding bicycles, horses and golf carts that look like baby Humvees. Metal barricades surround all of Tampa's government buildings. State police, FBI, the Secret Service — some in riot gear — throng the city's streets surrounding the Republican National Convention.
The New Jersey governor attacked President Obama as part of the problem.
Many Midwestern Republicans believe Paul Ryan's nomination for vice president could become a crucial factor that helps nudge Minnesota squarely into battleground territory.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a conservative hero since surviving a recall vote this year, has received a rousing welcome at the Republican National Convention.
33 of Minnesota's 40 delegates voted for Ron Paul, 1 chose Rick Santorum and 6 chose Mitt Romney, who eventually locked up the Republican nomination with 2,061 votes.
When Republicans nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, their vote brought to an end a long primary fight and set the stage for a close contest against President Barack Obama.
Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their national convention Tuesday that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to energize the economy and create jobs.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Minnesota delegates to the Republican National Convention that the race for president is going to be a nasty one. He urged them to live up to a higher ideal.
A handbill slipped under convention-goers' hotel doors in the middle of the night promises a battle against "Washington insiders" as the Republican National Convention begins in earnest Tuesday.
The Republican presidential candidate will fly from Boston to Tampa on the same day his wife, Ann, is scheduled to deliver a speech to the national convention, his campaign said Monday night. Tuesday is the convention's first full day of business.
Rep. Ron Paul's delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions.
TAMPA, FLA. - It was supposed to be the start of their four-day effort to sell Mitt Romney to the nation, but Monday instead proved to be a day of frustration for Republicans as the one-day delay in beginning their convention deprived them of their national stage and brought a fresh airing of intraparty tensions.
Mitt Romney suggested Monday that he's not considering canceling the Republican National Convention even as New Orleans faces another powerful storm on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Rep. Bachmann and Ron Paul's state chair threatened efforts to show that Republicans solidly support Romney.
Bachmann tells Tea Party and Ron Paul delegates that they have left their mark on the GOP.
Mitt Romney conceded Sunday that fresh controversy over rape and abortion is harming his party and he accused Democrats of trying to exploit it for political gain. "It really is sad, isn't it, with all the issues that America faces, for the Obama campaign to continue to stoop to such a low level," said Romney on "Fox News Sunday," trying to sharpen the presidential election focus instead on a weak economy.