Presidential debate coaches from past campaigns say things used to be much simpler. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is spending three days in Vermont this week preparing for next month's debates. President Obama has started his debate preparations too.
Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she made the rounds in Charlotte, N.C. talking to groups of delegates. The way to fight back, she said, was for delegates to step up their person-to-person ground game aimed at winning more votes for her husband.
On the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., former President Bill Clinton made a rousing case for President Barack Obama to be re-elected to a second term. Clinton went through all the GOP arguments — answering each charge.
Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., presented the Democratic Party platform this week at the convention in Charlotte, N.C. Booker tells Steve Inskeep the economy is in a much better place than it was four years ago when Barack Obama first ran for president.
President Obama was to deliver his acceptance speech at an outdoor football stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday. But citing a chance of thunderstorms, the campaign decided to move the speech indoors to the smaller convention center. Some Republicans say the move was made because Democrats couldn't fill all the stadium seats.
The same Bill Clinton who was known for winging it through speeches as president and as a candidate was at it again Wednesday night, departing from the prepared text for his address to the Democratic convention. Compare the prepared text with the audio and video.
Former President Bill Clinton packed his speech with policy and numbers, folksy asides accentuated with an Arkansas drawl, and a full-on attempt to rebut messages out of the GOP convention. While it's too early to call the former president Obama's closer, he came about as close as it gets.
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