Jeb Bush defends his brother, former president
2012-08-31 00:31:24 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says President Barack Obama should stop blaming his brother, former President George W. Bush, for the country's economic woes.
Bush said a real leader would accept responsibility for his own pol...
Romney: Time to leave disappointments behind
2012-08-31 00:27:11 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney's mission in this election: connect with Americans on a personal level.
He sought to do so Thursday by appealing to feelings of anxiety — if not disappointment — that's rippling through the electorate as the natio...
Govt won't bring charges over CIA interrogations
2012-08-31 00:18:54 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced Thursday it has ended its investigation into CIA interrogations of terrorist detainees without bringing criminal charges.
The decision in the probes of the deaths of two terrorist suspects mark...
Mixed legacy of George W. Bush hovers over Tampa
2012-08-31 01:18:02 UTC
TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Where is George W. Bush?
The last Republican president was a no-show at the Republican convention this week. And the party that he led for eight years barely mentioned him — or his record.
Nevertheless, Bush's fiscal le...
Romney makes his case: 'We believe in America.'
2012-08-30 21:07:44 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney launched a full-speed fall campaign for the White House on Thursday with a prime-time speech to a unified Republican convention and a nation divided politically as it struggles in a weak economy.
Though Romney has...
On Romney's day, he looks past Dem doubt, despair
2012-08-30 20:18:16 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is stepping up for the most important speech of his life, ready to tell an audience of millions that America's best days are ahead after years of "difficulties and disappointments, doubt and despair" under...
GOP calls for broader gun rights, unlimited clips
2012-08-30 17:54:02 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns, in a defiant response to criticism that followed recent mass shootings at a Colorado...
What to watch for at the GOP convention Thursday
2012-08-30 12:15:03 UTC
Here are some things to watch for at the Republican National Convention Thursday:
1. MITT'S BIG NIGHT: Mitt Romney makes his case to the nation about why he should be elected president — and why he thinks President Barack Obama should be sent p...
Onward to Romney's big night, a speech to millions
2012-08-30 12:09:10 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is stepping up for the most important speech of his life, to an audience of millions, after a rousing warm-up from a running mate who vowed the days of dodging painful budget choices will end if voters tos...
Ryan's sets out to protect Romney, slash Obama
2012-08-30 12:03:51 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With a no-nonsense tone, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan embraced his role as Barack Obama's top agitator — and Mitt Romney's chief defender
Stubbornly high unemployment? Obama's fault. Dispirited Americans? Ob...
Jeb Bush to Romney: Connect emotionally to voters
2012-08-30 12:00:03 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is urging Republican Mitt Romney to connect to people emotionally if he hopes to persuade voters to support him.
Bush spoke on ABC's "Good Morning America" in advance of Romney's address to the Re...
Obama suggests amendment on money in politics
2012-08-30 20:20:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nation should consider mobilizing behind a constitutional amendment process to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that loosened restrictions on money in politics.
Obama made the comment Wednesday...
Isaac - when government aid is not largesse
2012-08-30 02:21:16 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — At their convention, Republican leaders are taking the stage to push for less government and accuse President Barack Obama of profligate spending. About 500 miles away, under threat from a hurricane, Republicans welcomed federal ...
Mexico: 2 CIA agents wounded in shooting go to US
2012-08-30 01:45:08 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Wednesday that two Americans wounded in a shooting attack by federal police on a U.S. Embassy vehicle are employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, and acknowledged they have returned to the United Sta...
Ryan: Romney won't 'duck tough issues' on economy
2012-08-30 01:18:53 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Seizing the Republican National Convention spotlight, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan promised Wednesday night that Mitt Romney "will not duck the tough issues" if he wins the White House this fall and their party will mov...
Obama is speaking to impressively large audiences
2012-08-29 20:58:10 UTC
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The crowds may be smaller and the candidate grayer, but college towns are still proving to be President Barack Obama's best shot at enthusiastic audiences.
More than 26,000 people combined showed up to hear the presi...
Romney, Ryan bound by substance, differ in style
2012-08-29 20:51:06 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — They're the political world's newest odd couple: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are bound by substance, but differ dramatically in style.
The running mates share a love of policy, and a fascination with the world's economy and Ame...
Romney considering trip to battered Gulf Coast
2012-08-29 18:01:17 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is considering whether to visit the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Isaac.
GOP officials said Wednesday there are no current plans to change Romney's convention schedule and emphasized...
Federal court rejects GOP-drawn Texas voting maps
2012-08-29 16:17:39 UTC
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Stadiums and hospitals removed from the districts of black congressional members and country clubs newly drawn into those of white incumbents. A lawyer emailing "No bueno" to a Republican staffer about plans that risked leaving ...
Republican convention is in full-throated roar
2012-08-29 18:02:46 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the Republican National Convention at last in full-throated roar, nominee Mitt Romney and his team reached out Wednesday to connect with critical voting groups — veterans, Hispanics and women — while gleefully mocking the m...
Obama team launches critique of Ryan before speech
2012-08-29 15:50:35 UTC
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Even before Paul Ryan takes the stage at the Republican convention, President Barack Obama's campaign is seeking to cast the GOP running mate as "out of step" with American voters.
The Obama campaign released an onlin...
Romney joins wife, Ann, on state at GOP convention
2012-08-29 05:54:08 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Newly nominated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is appearing for the first time at the Republican National Convention, striding on stage to hug and kiss his wife, Ann, after she delivered her speech.
Christie: Romney will tell voters 'hard truths'
2012-08-29 02:53:40 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is building the case for a Mitt Romney presidency by saying the GOP nominee will tell voters the "hard truths" they need to hear to grow the economy and create jobs.
In remarks prepared for Tues...
Romney nominated; wife Ann convention star speaker
2012-08-29 02:35:04 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from the stage of the party's national convention and cheered by delegates eager to propel him int...
Rousing welcome at convention for Wis. Gov. Walker
2012-08-29 02:27:05 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a conservative hero since surviving a recall vote this year, has received a rousing welcome at the Republican National Convention.
Joining a string of GOP governors addressing the convention, Walk...