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Actor-director Clint Eastwood speaks on behalf of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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.

**FILE** Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey. (Associated Press)

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.

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.

** FILE ** Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (The Washington Times)

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.

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept., 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after services on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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.