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Behind-the-scenes at the RNC
August 31st, 2012
01:46 AM ET

Behind-the-scenes at the RNC

Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, and many others from CNN's Political team of  anchors, analysts, and strategists hosted a week of live coverage on CNN from the Republican National Convention.

Shortly before the RNC was set to start, Tropical Storm Isaac's uncertain path targeted Tampa and eventually turned west aiming toward the Louisiana/Mississippi part of the Gulf Coast, charting along a path similar to Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall close to the same date 7 years earlier.  Anderson left Tampa en-route to New Orleans on Monday to report the latest on the Hurricane.  

After Isaac made landfall, and slowly lessened in power, Anderson returned to Tampa on the night Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party nomination for president.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the Convention.

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(See Behind-the-scenes from Hurricane Isaac)

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jane - WI

    Clint Eastwood's little skit was a bit different. However, his empty chair was spot on with how our current President conducts business. He is never in his chair as he engages in his perpetual campaigning, fund raising with the rich 1 percent of the left, and his record number of golf games. Yet, he hasn't met with his jobs council or with Congressional leaders in many, many months. This President has, indeed, been AWOL from his chair for a long time.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
  2. Jane - WI

    Andrew Sullivan was introduced by Anderson as a "conservative". However, Mr. Sullivan supports Barack Obama, who governs from the far left and doesn't have a conservative bone in his body. It is very hard to believe that Andrew Sullivan is a true conservative if he actually supports such a leftist as Obama.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  3. John

    Tonight your guest David complains about Bush giving Obama the debt of the Nation, he fails to mention Obama has run up a 5 Trillion debt on his own. He blames Bush yet Bush never blamed Clinton for failing to take Osama Bin Laden into custody we had the chance. Bush has class Obama is nothing more than a complainer!

    August 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Myra in San Diego

    Anderson, I very much love your show. Is it just me or are other parents embarrassed about the Clint Eastwood stunt from the RNC. Why is it that this group of people shout so loudly about their "family values" yet set a terrible example for our youth in applauding, laughing at and displaying lack of respect for our leaders and authority figures. Is that a good message to send to our youth? Shouting out "You Lie" and implying that our President should go_____himself...how can that be considered family values. It's shameful and they have completely lost me with this bad behavior.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  5. sonya roberts

    "Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body – the producers and consumers themselves. "

    "The sole function of Government is to bring about a condition of affairs favorable to the beneficial development of private enterprise."
    "We are now speeding down the road of wasteful spending and debt, and unless we can escape we will be smashed in inflation... The course of unbalanced budgets is the road to ruin."

    Even if they sound like were said by Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan, these are all quotes from Herbert Hoover, who also said: “I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him.”

    Draw your own conclusions.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  6. Anthony De Palma

    What happened to the fancy, high tech, black buses that the government made for the folks selected to run for President?

    August 31, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  7. david calvo

    I thought Clint Eastwood’s impromptu play was a telling metaphor on how the Republican party has treated this presidency. Their attitude has been to treat President Obama as if he was not there, hence “the empty chair”. How telling and to the point. Lets just be frank. The Republican party has stonewalled this president’s every effort to solve the national problems in any productive way.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  8. poe002

    as , I watch the RNC express their disappointment about our president and the loss of job under his presidency. you would think that he sent the oversea himself. however if you look carefully at who sent America's jobs overseas you will find that most of these companies were either owned or operated by Republicans, i.e. Baine Capitol, Ebay,and HP and many others.in conclusion America does not have any jobs because the good old Capitalist Republicans sent them overseas to save their investors a few more dollars

    August 31, 2012 at 2:57 am |