Rep. Ron Paul, who challenged Mitt Romney during the GOP primary season, hasn't endorsed Romney. Paul won't be speaking at the convention, which upsets his supporters. At Sunday's rally, thousands cheered the loudest when Paul repeated his anti-war message, and called for an end to the Federal Reserve.
The Texas congressman packed an arena Sunday in Tampa and used the rally to rage against the Republican political machine. His presidential aspirations may be over, but his supporters are staying with the nation's best-known libertarian.
Sunday afternoon inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, guitarist G.E. Smith and his band ripped through the Cheap Trick classic. What better metaphor could there be for a presidential nominee seeking to woo voters?
The nature of war has changed, and so has the president's purview. The country increasingly relies on elite special forces, rather than armies, and drone technology to target its enemies. How those operations are authorized has also shifted — it's more covert and less defined.
Mia Love is the mayor of a small Utah community, but her energy and personal story have Republicans believing she's a winner. Love is running for a House seat, and if elected, she'd become the first black female Republican in Congress.
The auto industry is big business in Ohio. Billions of dollars' worth of cars and auto parts are made in the state each year, and hundreds of thousands of unionized auto workers live in the state. So, the auto bailout is a hot issue — and a complicated one.
In Tampa, plans for the first day of the Republican National Convention have been scrapped because of Tropical Storm Isaac. Convention organizers say safety is their first concern and forecasters are warning there will be strong winds and heavy rain in the city Monday. NPR's Jeff Brady reports that's prompting organizers to wait until Tuesday to begin.
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