The country has featured prominently in past campaigns, but observers say it's different this time. The shift is partially attributed to the GOP's aggressive courting of the Jewish vote and the Israeli government's perceived taking of sides, a charge it denies.
Mitt Romney has accepted the Republican Party's nomination for president — telling voters it was time to turn the page from the "disappointing leadership" of President Obama. Thursday night's speakers presented Romney as a man of faith and family with the business skills to turn the economy around.
For a close read of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance speech, Steve Inskeep and David Greene talk to three NPR reporters. Julie Rovner covers health care, Jim Zarroli business and Ari Shapiro is traveling with the Romney campaign.
This week's Republican National Convention has been designed to appeal to female voters, not just loyal Republicans but also independents. The effort is driven by the big deficit GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has among women in polls with President Obama.
For the last two weeks, President Obama has been visiting college campuses in swing states urging students to register and vote. Some 15 million Americans have turned 18 and have become eligible to vote since he was elected. Obama's campaign says it is also working to win the votes of young people who are not in school.
The most important speech of Mitt Romney's career reached out to skeptical female voters, spoke to those disillusioned with President Obama, and had its genuinely moving interludes. Was it enough to change lingering perceptions of the long-running candidate?
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