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Inside Politics Archive: September 2012


  • Howard Dean passes on giving speech advice

    Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has plenty to do and say at the Democratic convention, just don't ask him to weigh in on what other pols should include in their speeches. Published September 5 2012

  • Teachers union chief: No more recall efforts

    The resounding victory of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, in a recall election earlier this year has caused the head of the nation's largest labor union to change his game plan. Published September 5 2012

  • RNC touts fact-checkers to rebut DNC claims about Romney's gubernatorial brawn

    Looking to rebut assertions that Massachusetts ranked near the bottom in job creation when Mitt Romney was calling the shots in the Bay State, the Republican National Committee pointed to fact-checkers who found the charge, made again Tuesday by Gov. Deval Patrick at the Democratic convention, to be "half true." Published September 5 2012

  • Sununu: Democrats moved convention indoors because of poor attendance

    Never one to miss an opportunity to criticize Democrats, former New Hampshire governor and Republican John Sununu theorized Wednesday afternoon that the party is moving the final night of its Democratic National Convention because it can't fill the planned venue, and not because of possible bad weather. Published September 5 2012

  • Missouri Democrats: Akin-McCaskill race will be a 'dogfight'

    Polls show that Rep. W. Todd Akin has dropped behind Sen. Claire McCaskill after making his infamous "legitimate rape" comment, but top Missouri Democrats are still eyeing the state's U.S. Senate race cautiously. Published September 5 2012

  • Poll: RNC viewership plummets from 2008

    Two in five Americans did not watch a minute of last week's Republican National Convention and those who tuned in remember Clint Eastwood as the highlight rather than GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Wednesday. Published September 5 2012

  • Twitter use high at Democratic convention

    The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., looks set to eclipse last week's Republican gathering — at least on Twitter, according to the microblogging site's figures. Published September 5 2012

  • Poll: Romney did not get post-convention bump

    Voters were largely unaffected by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's speech last week at the Republican National Convention, according to a Gallup Poll released Tuesday. Published September 4 2012

  • Federal debt tops $16 trillion, Treasury Dept. says

    The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the federal government has now officially topped $16 trillion in debt. Published September 4 2012

  • Kerrey: Dems can't handle my truth

    Nebraska Senate hopeful Bob Kerrey, once considered a potential Democratic presidential contender in his previous Senate stint, is skipping the party's convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week because, he says, fellow Democrats don't want to hear the dose of reality he'd bring. Published September 4 2012

  • Conservatives employ bingo, booze to survive Democratic oratory

    Conservatives aren't exactly welcome (and probably couldn't find a room if they were) at the Democratic National Convention here, but that hasn't stopped them from finding ways to enjoy themselves as they prepare for President Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium. Published September 4 2012

  • Obama says he expects to get 'misty' when Michelle gives speech

    President Obama said he expects to cry Tuesday night while watching his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, speak at the Democratic National Convention. Published September 4 2012

  • Democrats deny speaking time to D.C. statehood

    While they buried a call for statehood-type rights for the District of Columbia in their platform, Democrats will not have advocates speak about the issue from the podium during their three-day convention in Charlotte, the city's representative to Congress said on Tuesday. Published September 4 2012

  • Poll: Obama leads Romney in Michigan

    Voters in Michigan — where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was born and raised — prefer President Obama in the upcoming presidential election, a new poll says. Published September 4 2012

  • RNC chair Priebus: Romney would win today

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Monday that he thinks GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama if the election were held today. Published September 3 2012

  • Poll: Obama ahead in Florida

    The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last week did nothing to boost GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's appeal among Sunshine State voters, a new poll suggests. Published September 3 2012

  • Poll: Obama trails in North Carolina as convention kicks off

    Like the Republicans last week, Democrats will hold their national convention in a state that favors the other party's presidential candidate, according to a poll released Monday. Published September 3 2012

  • Heavy rains wash away 'Mount Obama' in Charlotte

    A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte on Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention. Published September 1 2012

  • Late-night comics: Eastwood makes their day

    The late-night crowd, as expected, had a field day Friday with Clint Eastwood's unusual speech the day before at the Republican National Convention. Published September 1 2012