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Election 2012 Topics

2012 Election

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  • Ann_romney
    Mitt Romney’s embrace of the Republican Party’s call for a federal ban on abortion stands in stark contrast to his record as Massachusetts governor, one of his many shifting stances over the years in his bid for the party’s nomination. Romney’s wife, Ann Romney — the featured speaker at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night — has also shifted her public views. We discuss the move from...
    Aug 29, 2012 | Story
  • Wanye
    Republicans have officially nominated Mitt Romney for president after nearly 15 months of campaigning. On Tuesday night, speakers, including Mitt Romney’s wife Ann, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and tea party favorite Ted Cruz, addressed the Republican National Convention crowd of delegates and their supporters for several hours. Many referenced the theme of the evening, "We Built It," with testimonials about small business...
    Aug 29, 2012 | Story
  • Rocky_anderson
    Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is running for president with the newly formed Justice Party. Although hailing from a solidly red state, Anderson has been known as one of the most progressive mayors of any major U.S. city in recent years. During his two mayoral terms from 2000 to 2008, Anderson was an outspoken champion of LGBT rights, environmental sustainability and the antiwar movement in opposition to the Iraq War. But Anderson...
    Aug 29, 2012 | Story
  • Peter_stone
    As the Republican National Convention opened on Tuesday in Tampa, thousands of journalists were there to cover the story. At the same time, secretive meetings were being held behind closed doors across the city that could determine who wins the election in November. According to the Huffington Post, at one such meeting on Tuesday, the Karl Rove-founded Crossroads groups, representatives of the billionaires Charles and David Koch, and the U.S....
    Aug 29, 2012 | Story
  • Internal_prostest-rnc-4
    Controversy erupted on the convention floor when a dispute broke out over whether to seat the delegates of presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Part of Maine’s delegation stormed off the floor in protest of a decision to strip away half of Paul’s delegates. Supportive members of other delegations rose to their feet and hollered their objections, angered by new rules that they say they will make it harder for grassroots...
    Aug 29, 2012 | Story
  • Al_fox-paul_ryan
    One issue vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan will likely avoid in his acceptance speech tonight is his changing stance on the U.S. embargo on Cuba. For years, Ryan was a vocal critic of the five-decade-old embargo, saying in 2002: "If we think engagement works well with China, well, it ought to work well with Cuba. ... The embargo doesn’t work. It is a failed policy." Ryan’s view at the time put him in stark contrast...
    Aug 29, 2012 | Story
  • Burke-adelson
    When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Republican National Convention, a woman identified as Adelson’s daughter grabbed our video camera, tried to take it into a private suite and then threw the camera to the ground. While Adelson’s daughter first accused Burke of hitting her, she later came out of the suite to apologize. The...
    Aug 30, 2012 | Story
  • Antonio_villaraigosa-rnc2012
    The new Republican platform has adopted Mitt Romney’s call for the so-called self-deportation of undocumented immigrants. Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke talks immigration reform with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during a stop at the Republican National Convention. Villaraigosa is the chair of next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. We also hear from Mario Lopez, president of the Hispanic...
    Aug 30, 2012 | Story
  • Planned_parenthood-rnc_2012
    On the floor of the Republican National Convention, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells Amy Goodman that abortion is not an important issue to U.S. voters. We then go to a nearby protest, where hundreds of people voice a different view, as Planned Parenthood supporters rally for reproductive rights. We hear from Randy Moody, national co-chair of Republicans for Planned Parenthood, and Louisiana resident Patricia Gil of UniteWomen.org. [includes...
    Aug 30, 2012 | Story
  • Paul_ryan_-_rnc_2012
    As Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin formally accepts the Republican vice-presidential nomination, we look at the record of the tea party favorite with two reporters from his home state: Ruth Conniff of The Progressive magazine and John Nichols of The Nation. Ryan is expected to fire up the Republican Party’s conservative base after pushing a controversial budget and economic vision marked by deep cutbacks to the social safety net coupled with...
    Aug 30, 2012 | Story