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Revisiting Conventions Of Elections Past

NPR political editor Ron Elving and host Scott Simon go back in time to big moments in political conventions of the past.
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Ahead Of Conventions, Candidates Hone Message

Side trips into tax returns and birth certificates notwithstanding, both presidential candidates say they are the best bet for the beleaguered middle class.
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Romney Reboot? Convention Could Be The Ticket

Mitt Romney has spent the better part of a decade running for president, yet the former Massachusetts governor remains an enigma to many voters. In coming days, Romney has the opportunity to begin a fuller introduction as he accepts his party's nomination at the Republican National Convention.

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Faith And Politics: Mormon Influence

One poll found that 25 percent of Americans won't vote for a Mormon, and many who are unfamiliar with the faith are intrigued by it. We talk with a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who now studies the sociological aspects of the faith, including its interplay with politics.

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In Akin's Wake, Ryan Defends Anti-Abortion Record

Since Republican Rep. Todd Akin first said the words "legitimate rape" last weekend, just about everyone in the Republican Party has condemned those comments. That includes vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. But it's also put a spotlight on Ryan's anti-abortion legislation and voting record.
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Update From The Republican Convention

Mitt Romney becomes the official GOP presidential nominee and the speeches begin. Please join Diane and guests to discuss the latest developments at the Republican National Convention.

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GOP Organizers Say Storm Won't Dampen Convention

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin on Monday in Tampa. But that plan is in doubt as Tropical Storm Isaac barrels through the Caribbean. Isaac is projected by several models to make landfall in the Florida panhandle early next week. It's forcing the city to think about how it will handle 50,000 visitors if a tropical storm or hurricane hits.

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