election 2012

Politics
12:08 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Jindal: Ryan 'has the courage of his convictions'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had been considered a possible running mate for Mitt Romney, praised the Republican presidential candidate's choice of Paul Ryan for the GOP ticket.

In a statement issued Saturday, Jindal called Ryan a "good friend and one of the smartest guys I served with in Congress. He has the courage of his convictions, which is what our nation needs."

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It's All Politics
9:41 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Baseball Caps And Rented Cars: How Romney's Team Kept VP Pick A Secret

Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan speak with media aboard a charter airplane from Sterling, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

That Rep. Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate wasn't a complete surprise. Still, it was a closely guarded secret and it took quite a bit of planning to keep it under wraps until the name was unveiled yesterday.

Last night, NPR's Ari Shapiro and other reporters received a briefing from team Romney detailing the lengths they went through to keep their vetting — and Romney's ultimate choice — secret.

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It's All Politics
8:50 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Romney, Ryan Surrogates Trade Shots On Sunday Talk Shows

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 10:41 am

We're keeping our ear on the Sunday talk shows this morning. Obviously the topic of the day is Rep. Paul Ryan, whom the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen as his running mate.

Both parties have already traded hard shots, but it appears there is agreement that the addition of Ryan, who has led the GOP on matters of budget, focuses this presidential election. It is now focused on a broader narrative about the size and role of government.

We'll update this post with the highlights as the morning progresses:

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Obama Ad Buys Ensure 'No Escape' For Tampa During GOP Convention

The Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention began installing banners on Wednesday.
Edmund D. Fountain AP

At the end of August, the eyes of the political world turn to Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention. It promises to dominate the national and local news in Tampa Bay that week and suck all the political air out of the room.

So if you're the Obama campaign, what do you do? How do you counterprogram Romney-palooza?

Apparently, by buying lots of TV airtime on The Bachelor, Dr. Oz and Rachael Ray.

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Presidential Race
4:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Ryan Adds Stark Choice On Health Care To GOP Ticket

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks Saturday in Norfolk, Va., after being named Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 11:46 am

One thing Republican Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate will certainly do is elevate issues like Medicare and Medicaid to the top of the election agenda.

As the nation gets closer to Election Day, Ryan's addition to the GOP ticket will present the public with a dramatic choice about the role the government should play in health care.

One thing the Wisconsin congressman never does is apologize for thinking big.

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It's All Politics
4:42 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

From 'Very Excited' To Predicting 'Disaster': What Wis. Says About Paul Ryan

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. stands during a listening session in April 2011 in Kenosha, Wis. He is now presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate.
Jeffrey Phelps AP

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:23 pm

News that Paul Ryan was chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate had people in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., abuzz Saturday morning. But the strong feelings Ryan provokes elsewhere for and against his policies were also evident.

On her way into the Janesville post office, Corrine Smith has a smile on her face. She and her husband are both big Paul Ryan supporters, and they were thrilled when they heard the news.

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Presidential Race
4:36 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Ryan, With 'Alternative Agenda,' Had Quick GOP Rise

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:30 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

MITT ROMNEY: It's an honor to announce my running mate and the next vice president of the United States, Paul Ryan.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

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Politics
4:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

What's In A Keynote? Making A Splash At Conventions

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:30 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

So now that we know who Mitt Romney's running mate is, what about the keynote speaker at the Republican Convention later this month? No word yet. Democrats have announced that San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will get that coveted spot that has, in the past, served as a platform for bigger things.

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Presidential Race
4:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

New GOP Team Brings Its Message To America

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:30 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

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Presidential Race
4:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan's Agenda: Now Romney's?

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:30 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Let's go now to Vin Weber, former Minnesota congressman and a senior adviser to Mitt Romney. Vin Weber, thanks for joining us.

VIN WEBER: Great to be with you today.

RAZ: You have known Paul Ryan for a long time, since before he was a member of Congress. How did you know him?

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