Clint Eastwood said the idea to use an empty seat as a prop at the Republican National Convention was a spur-of-the-moment decision when someone backstage asked him if he wanted to sit down.
2012 Republican National Convention
The latest news, photos, video and opinion coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Three days after Clint Eastwood's rambling, on-stage "conversation" with an imaginary Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats were split on whether the improvisational bit helped or hurt Mitt Romney.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finally got his moment in the spotlight Thursday when he formally introduced Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, attacking President Obama's record while weaving in his own personal history as a call to arms that anyone, from any background, can make it in America.
The worst-kept secret of the Republican National Convention was revealed Thursday evening, when Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood took the stage to lend his magnetism and distinctively gravelly voice on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The Republican National Convention has been an ecumenical event, as people laid aside religious differences in the name of backing Mitt Romney and defeating President Obama.
He wasn't their first, second or even third choice for president, but as pro-life leaders flocked to Tampa, Fla., this week for Mitt Romney's official Republican nomination, they insisted they had had a successful election year.
While Mitt Romney was clearly the main event at this week's convention, the rise of stars like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan convinced many delegates the GOP has finally left behind the party of the past decade, now so closely identified with runaway federal spending and foreign interventionism.
This has been a tough week in Tampa for the stars of the mainstream media, so called. The Republicans aren't acting like the bigots, zealots and wild-eyed extremists the boys and girls on the campaign bus want them to be.
Union bashing has been a unifying theme at this year's Republican National Convention, as few topics have generated louder, longer and more robust cheers and applause during keynote speeches.
For most voters, the Republicans' nominating convention has been filled with speeches about jobs, the economy, federal spending and President Obama's record. But for Hispanic voters getting their news from the Spanish-language press, the view is very different — and decidedly unsympathetic to the Republican Party.
Carrying a post-convention glow from his coronation as the Republican Party's standard-bearer, Mitt Romney plans to take a page out of Ronald Reagan's playbook from the 1980 presidential campaign by urging voters to ask themselves: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
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.
The 2012 presidential election could hinge on Medicare, yet most lawmakers featured at the Republican National Convention gave it the silent treatment.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says it's time to put "real leadership" back in the White House this November.
Hitting the right comedic note in a convention speech can be tough, but Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, had delegates laughing Wednesday night at his string of one-liners poking fun at both President Obama and Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney on Thursday accepted the nod to lead an ever-more conservative Republican Party against a powerful but politically vulnerable incumbent, telling a national audience that this year’s election comes down to jobs and President Obama’s failure to create enough of them.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is urging Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to connect with people emotionally if he hopes to persuade voters to support him.
During what may be the most important week of Mitt Romney's political career, the Republican presidential contender's five sons are sharing family secrets like never before.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says raising U.S. standing in the world depends on solving problems at home, and that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is the man to accomplish that task.
Mitt Romney's top strategist ignited a firestorm in March when he suggested that the candidate could "Etch A Sketch" away his campaign from the primaries — but Mr. Romney has yet to do a general-election wipe-down.
As Mitt Romney formally emerges from the Republican National Convention this week as the party's presidential nominee, many delegates on Wednesday cited his pro-businesses experience as their main attraction to the former Massachusetts governor.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian hero, finally got his moment at the Republican National Convention in a video tribute Wednesday as his son Rand styled himself as an outsider who works inside the system — not necessarily the standard-bearer the rabid devotees of his father seek.
It's hard to know what Vermont did to deserve the worst seats at the Republican National Convention.
He won election as the tea party's first successful candidate two years ago, but Sen. Scott P. Brown is now running for re-election as a political centrist — and his fellow Massachusetts Republicans say that's just fine with them.
The wrath of the sisterhood has befallen TV pundit Juan Williams, whose post-speech attack Tuesday night on Ann Romney has toasted what little credibility he had with much-needed female voters who see the potential first lady — a cancer survivor and mother of five — as real and heroic.
Four years after he became the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain has returned to the Republican National Convention to enumerate what he says have been the foreign policy shortcomings of the Obama administration.
Capping his meteoric rise to the heights of the Republican Party, Paul Ryan accepted the party's vice presidential nomination Wednesday, saying he considered it "a calling" at a time when the country needs to make tough decisions — and pledging that he and Mitt Romney won't shirk from them.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the voice of the United States in world affairs "has been muted" under President Obama, creating a chaotic and dangerous security environment.
Inside the Honey Pot club on Ybor City's main drag Tuesday, workers prepared to open its doors to one of the Republican National Convention's hottest parties — and its most fabulous — as gay conservatives celebrate what they see as an evolving era of openness.
Tea party favorite Ted Cruz took another big step Tuesday toward solidifying his image as one of the fastest rising stars in the GOP, delivering a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention after his stunning Senate primary win last month.
The GOP convention is a wistful time for the Republicans who failed to gain their party's presidential nomination earlier this year. Even as they pledge to play a supporting role for Mitt Romney, they try to carve out their own niche here in Tampa.
The Republican convention may occasionally dip into the weeds this week, but it will do its best to stay away from the Bushes — as in former President George W. Bush, who still casts a long shadow over the party he led for a rocky eight-year tenure.
Becoming the youngest member of the Republican National Committee will place Ashley Ryan firmly within the GOP establishment this week, but the 21-year-old Ron Paul devotee insists her party is about to make a fatal mistake.
If you want passionate partisanship, look no further than — Alex Schriver?
Kicking off Republicans' 2012 nominating convention with a piercing critique of American political life, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday politicians and voters alike have "become paralyzed" by an inability to live within limits, and he challenged both groups to accept that there are some promises government should not make, and cannot meet.
With Democrats ruling Washington, Republican governors have become the GOP's standard-bearers, raising their profiles with their tax-cutting, budget-balancing and hurricane-battling derring-do.
Four years after seconding Barack Obama's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention and four months after leaving the Democratic Party, former Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama re-entered the national spotlight Tuesday to vouch for Mitt Romney at the Republicans' convention in Tampa, Fla.
After being criticized for being too country music-heavy at their 2008 convention, the GOP put together a more diverse lineup this year, with a few leading pop artists and rock bands joining the southern performers.
Inside funky Gaspar's Grotto, where a shot and a beer cost $2 and lusty pirate statues rule the roost, members of the Maryland delegation to the Republican National Convention were doing lunchtime battle — and winning — with heaping plates of Cuban sandwiches and steaming bowls of paella.
As Republicans flocked south for their convention in a city notorious for its "gentlemen's clubs," the GOP was set to adopt official platform language calling for strict enforcement of federal obscenity laws, including those concerning illegal distribution of pornography on the Internet, motel and cable TV and even retail stores.
Mitt Romney's campaign has stepped back from a major confrontation with fellow Republicans who were irate over what several ranking party officials had called a "power grab" by the presumptive nominee.
She is a gracious warrior with a kind face, a polished demeanor and the inner mettle of a survivor. Ann Romney has been called the secret weapon of her husband's campaign, and he adores her: When Mitt Romney strides to the podium to introduce his wife of 43 years, he calls her "sweetheart." She smiles. The crowd goes crazy.
Mitt Romney spent Monday polishing the speech he will deliver Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., while running mate Paul Ryan received a hero's send-off from a gymnasium full of hometown supporters.
In retrospect, the decision to cancel all of Monday's events at the 2012 Republican National Convention may have been a bit, well, conservative.
Republicans kicked off Mitt Romney's national convention Monday with the banging of a gavel before a smattering of delegates as Tropical Storm Isaac led them to cancel most of the opening-day program.
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Hurricane Isaac might be pounding the GOP convention in Tampa this week, but on the political front, the skies are clear for Republicans looking toward this year's election. During times of national crisis, the electorate acts rationally when presented with a clear alternative to the status quo that is responsible for the mess. In 2012, conservatives offer voters a comprehensive, united vision for cleaning up the Obama Great Recession and returning America to economic growth and prosperity.
Gov. Chris Christie hit the ball out of the park in Tuesday night's keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. He was inspiring, challenging and real.
No punches were pulled in the fight to land the Republican Party's presidential nomination this cycle. Social conservatives, Tea Partyers, libertarians and moderates split to back their favored candidates in the primary campaign, but now the dust has settled and Mitt Romney has earned the nomination.
Alot of hay has been made about the ideological divide between the Republican and Democratic tickets in this year's presidential campaign, and they definitely present two distinct options for voters in November.
The Republican National Convention is the ideal time to take the temperature of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. It's the one time every four years when thousands of party and conservative leaders come together to formally nominate our candidates for president and vice president, adopt a party platform and gather at dozens of events and convention activities to hear about the state of affairs of our country and the vision for tomorrow.
The Republican Party platform may be the best one ever adopted. The party has long since learned that fiscal, social and sovereignty issues cannot be ignored or separated, but must be addressed as all part of a national campaign.
It will be a shame if Hurricane Isaac washes out the GOP convention in Tampa. Mitt Romney has done all the big things right so far in his run for the White House. He won a hotly contested Republican primary by sticking to an issues-oriented message that avoided attacking his opponents and isolating their supporters.
As Republicans take the stage in Tampa, we have a message for Americans: Elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and we can get this country working again. America can do better than the last four years, and with the proven leadership of Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan, we can secure a better future for the country and the next generation.
Things were going bumpily according to plan for the men in charge of the President Ford Committee at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., in August 1976. With so many moving parts, however, most campaigns are at best "garbage moving in the right direction," as GOP operative Eddie Mahe once quipped.
Every day brings more good news for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. As Republicans gather in Tampa, Fla., for their national convention, their standard-bearer is ahead of President Obama in most national polls.
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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.
Sen. Scott Brown was quick to distance himself from the Republican establishment after arriving in Tampa on Thursday morning, saying he's happy to be at the convention's final day but warning that he disagrees with parts of his party's conservative platform.
Famed actor and director Clint Eastwood is the so-called mystery speaker who will address attendees Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, according to multiple reports.
Republican National Convention delegates were still buzzing Wednesday about Ann Romney's prime-time speech the previous evening, who spoke on behalf of husband Mitt who that day officially was named the GOP's presidential candidate.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will call for the United States to have a stronger voice in foreign affairs during her speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention.
Part of the fun of party conventions is seeing delegates show up in their traditional state garb.
No Republican National Convention would be complete without Chuck Woolery, the long-serving daytime game-show host turned conservative activist.
The Democratic National Committee is taking the fight to Republicans during their convention in Tampa, Fla., by running a full-page ad in the city's largest newspaper linking presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's views on abortion to those of Missouri Rep. W. Todd Akin.
The Republican National Convention released the following revised schedule Sunday night in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Donald Trump's questioning of President Obama's birth certificate hit a nerve in the presidential campaign this week. I asked the real estate mogul about the controversy in a sit-down interview on Sunday in Sarasota, Fl.
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The delegates have voted and Mitt Romney has officially been nominated as the Republican Party candidate for president of the United States.
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Inside funky Gaspar’s Grotto, where a shot and a beer cost $2 and lusty pirate statues rule the roost, members of the Maryland delegation to the Republican National Convention were doing lunchtime battle — and winning — with heaping plates of Cuban sandwiches and steaming bowls of paella.
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In retrospect, the decision to cancel all of Monday’s events at the 2012 Republican National Convention may have been a bit, well, conservative.
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On the rain-drizzled streets Sunday outside the arena hosting the storm-delayed Republican National Convention, pockets of mostly peaceful protesters — watched closely by hundreds of police officers patrolling on foot, bikes, horseback and motorcycles — vowed to make their voices heard this week.
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Rep. Ron Paul rewarded thousands of his presidential campaign supporters with a rally here Sunday, vowing that with their help, his small government, anti-war libertarian message will continue after he retires — no matter who occupies the White House come January.
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From Tuesday, Aug 28: Live from the 2012 Republican National Convention, guests include Congressman Tim Huelskamp, Senator James Inhofe, Governor Mary Fallin, Ari Fleischer, Matt Cella, Jennifer Harper, Jim Robbins, Katherine Timpf, Ed Kelley, Jeff Kuhner, Kerry Picket, Dave Boyer
From Monday, Aug 27: Live from the 2012 Republican National Convention, guests include: Matt Cella, Jennifer Harper, Al Cardenas, Brett Decker, Katherine Timpf, Ed Kelley, Jack Gerard, Jeff Kuhner, Jim Dinegar, Kerry Picket, Stephen Dinan