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GOP Platform Aims To Garner Female Votes

In her convention speech, Ann Romney talked about the role of women in America. Host Michel Martin caught up with Rep. Marsha Blackburn before the speech. Blackburn says the concerns of women voters were key in drafting the Republican platform. She co-chairs the GOP platform committee, and heads the Women's Policy Committee in the House.
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Virginia Republicans See A Star In Artur Davis

Virginia Republican are setting their sights on Artur Davis, the former Democratic Congressman who has changed parties and moved to Northern Virginia, possibly to take on one of the area's toughest Democrats in 2014.


Convention Lineup Aside, Minority Votes Still A Tough Sell For GOP

Mitt Romney's strategy for November relies on white working-class voters — perhaps too heavily, some analysts suggest, given the growing share of the electorate made up of nonwhites. It's an issue the party is trying to address at its convention, with a speaker lineup loaded with high-profile minority officeholders.

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RNC 2012 Roundup: Ann Romney Steals Show, Gov. McDonnell Makes Rounds

Ann Romney took the stage at the Republican National Convention yesterday along with a host of Republican governors; one of them, Gov. Bob McDonnell, is a local politician showing up more and more on the national stage.


Words, Good And Bad, Come Quickly To Mind For Many About Paul Ryan

From "smart guy" to "backwards," when the Republican vice presidential nominee's supporters and critics are asked to describe him, they've got some comments.

Why Obama Can't Always Speak Freely About Race

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says when Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, was killed by a white man in Florida, there was widespread dismay. But after President Obama spoke about it, the debate became intensely divisive. Steve Inskeep talks to Coates about his article "Fear of a Black President" in the latest issue of The Atlantic.

Ryan Won't Get All The Votes In Janesville, Wis.

In Paul Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wis., where he still lives, people are still getting used to all the attention since he was placed on the GOP presidential ticket. Ryan is a figure of great admiration — even if many in Janesville are not enamored with his politics.

Obama Campaigns With One Eye On Hurricane Isaac

President Obama is continuing his two-day campaign tour of college campuses in Iowa, Colorado and Virginia despite Hurricane Isaac. While he's away from the White House, aides say the president is very much in command of the response to the storm.

GOP Rising Star: Gov. Martinez Is A Former Democrat

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez speaks at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. The party hopes the nation's first Hispanic female governor will help showcase diversity, and in turn, attract Hispanic voters.