September 7th, 2012
10:55 PM ET

Matalin on Obama: Emperor has no clothes

Paul Begala and Mary Matalin argue the effects of Pres. Obama's speech, and why Clint Eastwood spoke to an empty chair at the RNC.

August 31st, 2012
11:47 PM ET

Previewing Obama's DNC speech

Anderson Cooper talks to columnist Andrew Sullivan about what Obama needs to say at the DNC to counter the RNC momentum.

August 31st, 2012
11:43 PM ET

Did Romney-Ryan's RNC strategy work?

Were Republicans successful at the Tampa convention in getting their message to voters? Republican Strategist Mary Matalin and Democratic Strategist Paul Begala discuss.

August 31st, 2012
11:41 PM ET

Behind-the-scenes on Clint Eastwood's RNC speech

Anderson Cooper and Gloria Borger talk to Michael Barbaro of The New York Times about what led to Eastwood's RNC speech.

August 31st, 2012
09:18 AM ET

Rating Mitt Romney's RNC speech

Editor's note: CNN contributors offer their analysis of Mitt Romney's delivery at the RNC. Read reaction from Julian Zelizer, Maria Cardona, David Gergen, Donna Brazile, Ana Navarro and others.

Julian Zelizer: Mitt Romney, problem solver

Mitt Romney had to accomplish three goals in his speech Thursday night: He had to introduce himself to the nation, he needed to explain why he is a better alternative than President Obama and he needed to outline his vision for the nation in the next four years.

Through a solid, though not an exceptional, speech, Romney made progress on all fronts. He opened up by sharing more about his religion as well as his family. His speech showed that Romney is more than a ruthless capitalist, offering an alternative narrative of Romney as a problem solver.

Until tonight, all of the speakers, including Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, spoke about the need to make tough choices. The speech, and the biographical film, presented Romney as the person who could take up this challenge.


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.

August 31st, 2012
01:30 AM ET

Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president

Immediate reactions to Mitt Romney's RNC speech and the overall Republican convention from CNN's political team.

August 31st, 2012
01:15 AM ET

Reaction to Clint Eastwood's RNC speech

Anderson Cooper and CNN's analysts and strategists talk about Clint Eastwood's memorable speech at the RNC.

August 30th, 2012
10:14 PM ET

RNC: What does Romney need to do tonight?

CNN's panel of analysts and strategists talk about what they think Mitt Romney needs to do to win over the RNC crowd.

August 30th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

Fact or fiction? Paul Ryan's RNC speech

Anderson Cooper and CNN's political panel discuss whether parts of Ryan's speech were factual or not.

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