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** FILE ** Actor Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Clint Eastwood: Talks about convention chat with chair

Associated Press

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.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

Rubio: American exceptionalism imperiled under Obama

- The Washington Times

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.

Actor/Director Clint Eastwood speaks on behalf of Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Clint Eastwood adds Hollywood glitter to GOP gathering

- The Washington Times

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.

Delegates see bright future with Ryan, Rubio

- The Washington Times

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.

Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PRUDEN: Tough times in Tampa for media elites

- The Washington Times

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.

GOP brought together by anti-union rhetoric

- The Washington Times

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.

Puerto Rico delegates cheer for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Spanish-language media 'obsessed' on immigration issue

- The Washington Times

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.

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Romney to turn to Reagan playbook for stretch run

- The Washington Times

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?"

** FILE ** Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jeb Bush defends his brother, former president

Associated Press

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.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. He had delegates laughing with a his string of one-liners poking fun at both President Obama and Mitt Romney. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Zingers, one-liners punch up speeches

- The Washington Times

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.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reacts to the delegates as she arrives to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rice says U.S. standing in the world is at risk

Associated Press

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.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney checks the teleprompter and sound levels with staff members Aug. 30, 2012, at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

Romney erases 'Etch A Sketch' image

- The Washington Times

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.

Gabriella Wyatt, of Aurora, Ill., shows off her elephant logo at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/ The Washington Times)

Delegates differ, but unify behind Romney

- The Washington Times

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.

GOP honors Ron Paul; Rand takes own path

- The Washington Times

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.

Juan Williams (Courtesy of foxnews.com)

Social media voices help shape images of convention speakers

- The Washington Times

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.

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, reacts to the delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McCain criticizes Obama on foreign policy

Associated Press

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.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan waves Aug. 29, 2012, before speaking to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press)

Ryan says ticket won't 'duck the tough issues,' will repeal Obamacare

- The Washington Times

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.

Two women who wished not to be identified dance together during Homocon 2012 at The Honey Pot, following the second night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

GOProud touts Homocon 2012 as unifying force

- The Washington Times

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.

Cruz ascending in GOP

- The Washington Times

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.

Former President George W. Bush begins his speech, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, during the annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Ga., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Ledger-Enquirer, Mike Haskey)

Republican convention seeks a break from Bush's years

- The Washington Times

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.

Another Ryan at RNC is a Paul devotee

- The Washington Times

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.

With New Jersey announcing their votes, Mitt Romney receives enough delegate votes to put him over the top as the Republican nomination for the next president of the United States at the Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Christie vouches for Romney: 'Solutions will not be painless'

- The Washington Times

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.

Former Representative Artur Davis addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

For GOP, former Democrat Davis is key to independents' hearts

- The Washington Times

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.

Beau Davidson, a Nashville-based recording artist, will perform his song "Blessed" Wednesday evening, slotted between speeches by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Arizona Sen. John McCain, he told The Washington Times during an interview in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

GOP convention fights for star power

- The Washington Times

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.

Delegates use day off for some fun

- The Washington Times

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.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins led the push for a strong anti-pornography plank in the GOP platform and introduced its language, calling for strict enforcement of federal obscenity laws. It broadens the 2008 platform. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

GOP sets anti-porn focus in a city full of strip clubs

- The Washington Times

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.

Republican National Committee Vice Chairman Jim Bopp helped prevent a floor fight on Tuesday, negotiating an agreement with the Romney campaign over proposed changes of rules involving the nomination process. (Associated Press)

Opponents defeat feared ‘power grab’

- The Washington Times

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.

Ann Romney and eldest son Tagg were the only two in the family who voted for another presidential run by the former Massachusetts governor. Yet those two votes out of 12 helped bring Mr. Romney to primary victories and ultimately to the nominating convention. (Associated Press)

'Mittigator' to make case for Romney

- The Washington Times

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.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaves Brewster Academy after working on convention preparations, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Romney preps for speech, frets about storm

- The Washington Times

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.

Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, performs a symbolic gaveling Aug. 27, 2012, for the start of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. After making the declaration to a mostly empty room, Priebus promptly called a recess ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac, which was heading towards the city. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

GOP convention opens: Party proceeds despite storm

- Associated Press

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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Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

DECKER: Obama beware: Clear skies for GOP

- The Washington Times

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.

Illustration American Christie by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

DIAZ: Gov. Christie's convention call

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.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) talks to reporters on Monday, April 23, 2012, as he is joined by Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, during a news conference before a town-hall-style meeting in Aston, Pa. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Circling the wagons for Romney

- The Washington Times

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.

Illustration by Nancy Ohanian

CARDENAS: Unified GOP ready to rumble

- The Washington Times

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.

Illustration GOP Stool by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

SCHLAFLY: Republican Party platform best yet

- The Washington Times

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.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks Aug. 14, 2012, during a campaign event at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

DECKER: Rough waters at GOP convention

- The Washington Times

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.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive at a campaign rally Sunday, August 12, 2012 in Mooresville, N.C. at the NASCAR Technical Institute. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)

PRIEBUS: A convention and candidate for a better future

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.

The Washington Times

SHIRLEY: Another history-making GOP convention

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.

Kal The Economist, London, England

DECKER: 10 Tips: How Romney beats Obama

- The Washington Times

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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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.

Ann Romney, is greeted by her husband, Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, after she addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)

Ann Romney speech a big hit with delegates

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.

**FILE** Rep. W. Todd Akin (Associated Press)

Democrats run ad in Tampa paper tying Romney to Akin

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.

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Romney 'over the top' at RNC

Romney 'over the top' at RNC

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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.

RNC: Delegates enjoy Tampa during 'snow day'

RNC: Delegates enjoy Tampa during 'snow day'

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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.

Isaac puts a damper on RNC opening

Isaac puts a damper on RNC opening

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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.

Storm not slowing down Tampa protesters

Storm not slowing down Tampa protesters

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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.

Ron Paul rallies thousands of supporters in Tampa

Ron Paul rallies thousands of supporters in Tampa

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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.

Audio: 08-28-12 Andy Parks Podcast

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

Audio: 08-27-12 Andy Parks Podcast

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