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RNC 2012 Topics

Democracy Now! reports live from the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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  • 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...
    August 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...
    August 30, 2012 | Story
  • Lincoln
    From the floor of the Republican National Convention, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman interviews George Engelbach, who previously served one term in the Missouri House of Representatives alongside Todd Akin, the congressman who is now running against Claire McCaskill for the Senate. Akin ignited a firestorm by saying it’s rare for women to become pregnant from rape, because "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways...
    August 30, 2012 | Story
  • Peter_king-rnc2012
    Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman caught up with New York Rep. Peter King at the Republican National Convention and asked him about the Republican platform on abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. King says, "[The] main purpose of government is to protect innocent life, no matter where that life is." He says the doctor who performs the abortion should be punished, not the mother. [includes rush transcript]
    August 30, 2012 | Story
  • Jonathan_johnson_-_rnc2012
    As Hurricane Isaac delivers crushing wind and astounding rainfall, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman had a moment to speak with Jonathan Johnson, a member of Louisiana’s delegation at the Republican National Convention. She asks him about the merits of the GOP’s "We Built It" slogan just as government-backed rebuilding levee projects are protecting New Orleans from devastating flooding during the storm. [includes rush...
    August 30, 2012 | Story
  • 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...
    August 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...
    August 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...
    August 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....
    August 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...
    August 29, 2012 | Story