Election 2012

Follow 89.9 WWNO and NPR News on the road to Election Day with this mix of local and national stories.

Live Election Coverage Begins Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

As the polls close on the East Coast, WWNO and NPR's Election Night Coverage begins at 7 p.m. All Things Considered's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block will be joined by NPR Contributors E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and Matt Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon. Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center will have exit poll analysis.

NPR's Ari Shapiro will report from the Mitt Romney's  election night event and Scott Horsley will be at President Obama's election night event. NPR reporters and producers will be stationed with candidates and at state party headquarters nationwide, bringing the results and mood from key electoral states and Congressional, Senate, and Gubernatorial races.

Locally, WWNO's Jack Hopke will be joined by Errol Laborde, producer of WYES' Informed Sources and editor of New Orleans Magazine. Listen for local election updates on the hour and half-hour from 7 - 10 p.m.

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Campaign 2012 Political Calendar

Track where the presidential candidates are traveling in the run-up to November 2012 with this interactive calendar. Check back often for updates.

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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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Presidential Race
4:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

The Possible Future Of Health Care, Given VP Pick

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

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

So what makes Paul Ryan such a bold pick and potentially such a risky one is the detailed budget plan he has now twice passed through the GOP-controlled House. That plan has not passed the Senate, and President Obama says if it reached his desk, he'd veto it. The heart of Ryan's plan calls for dramatic changes to the nation's largest government health programs, Medicare and Medicaid.

With us now to discuss what those changes could mean for the campaign and the country should Romney and Ryan win the race is NPR's Julie Rovner. Julie, hello.

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Presidential Race
4:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

What An Ayn Rand View Could Do To Romney's Campaign

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:31 pm

Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate, Paul Ryan, has long subscribed to the objectivist philosophies of novelist Ayn Rand. Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about how that approach to public policy will play with voters.

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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