RNC 2012 Topics

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

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    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 candidates...
    Aug 29, 2012 | Story
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    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 to...
    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 incident...
    Aug 30, 2012 | Story
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    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 Leadership...
    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
  • 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...
    Aug 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]
    Aug 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 transcript]
    Aug 30, 2012 | Story
  • Arun_gupta_on_rnc_2012
    Republican Mitt Romney accepted the GOP presidential nomination Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. We air an excerpt of Romney’s speech and get reaction from two guests: Craig Unger, author of the new book, "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power," and Arun Gupta, an independent journalist reporting from the convention. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 31, 2012 | Story