Tonight on CNN – Live at the Republican National Convention
August 30th, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Tonight on CNN – Live at the Republican National Convention

Watch special coverage tonight from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. ET.  Anderson is reporting live at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Anderson will talk to CNN Correspondents throughout the convention hall previewing and fact-checking the speeches.

Tonight on CNN: RNC, Hurricane Isaac
August 28th, 2012
07:29 PM ET

Tonight on CNN: RNC, Hurricane Isaac

Watch 7p – 12a ET for live coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Anderson Cooper reports live tonight on Hurricane Isaac from the Mississippi riverfront in New Orleans. At 1 a.m. ET tune in to see "Best of the RNC Convention Speeches". FULL POST

August 23rd, 2012
11:30 PM ET

KTH: DNC compares Akin's views to RNC

Keeping both sides honest: Romney distances himself from Rep. Akin as the DNC tries to compare Akin to Republican ticket.

April 1st, 2010
01:22 PM ET

Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC

Tony Perkins is urging members of the Family Research Council to stop donating to the Republican National Committee.

Tony Perkins is urging members of the Family Research Council to stop donating to the Republican National Committee.

Mark Preston
CNN Political Editor

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - The head of an influential social conservative organization urged members and supporters Wednesday to stop donating to the Republican National Committee and instead contribute to its own coffers or to candidates with like-minded goals.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the plea in his "Washington Update" column posted on the organization's Web site following the revelation that the RNC paid for a night out at a risque Hollywood nightclub.

"I've hinted at this before, but now I am saying it - don't give money to the RNC," Perkins said in his column. "If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values.

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March 30th, 2010
11:13 AM ET
November 3rd, 2009
04:10 PM ET

Election Day: My favorite day of the year

RNC Chairman Michael Steele

Today is my favorite day. Why? Because it’s Election Day…

It’s my favorite day because the Republican Party’s message affirms faith in the individual. Americans are intelligent people who, when empowered to keep their own money and make their own choices, are best able to build a good life for themselves and their families. Election Day is an opportunity for Americans to elevate more representatives to public office that believe and represent this core principle.

That’s why I am now headed to Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ, to join you, the grassroots, in support of our statewide and legislative Republican candidates.

Our candidates have offered a compelling alternative to the status quo. The economic policies that the current Democrat incumbent has forced on New Jersey over the last 4 years has crippled the NJ economy and cost jobs for New Jersey families. Despite the odds — President Obama easily carried the state in 2008, defeating Republican John McCain by 15 points and registered Democrats significantly outnumber Republicans — these Republicans have offered a new direction…a direction that offers growth and opportunity, not more government intervention and further job loss…as well as empower the individual, not government.


September 9th, 2008
08:02 AM ET

Case of the Mundays on a Tuesday

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee plays the guitar with his band, Capitol Offense, at a party during the RNC-week festivities.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee plays the guitar with his band, Capitol Offense, at a party during the RNC-week festivities.

Alyssa Caplan
AC360° Staffer

It’s felt a little quiet at 360° the last couple of days. Not that it’s actually quiet. It's just that there's been so much noise the last couple of weeks, comparatively, it seems quiet.

As I sit at my desk, I wonder if, like me, journalists, politicians, and other conventioneers in offices across the country are looking longingly at the business cards they collected over the last couple of weeks, while pulling rogue streamers and pieces of confetti out of their pockets, muttering to themselves, “the party is over.”

The weird thing is, for anyone who worked at the conventions, (or even made a sport out of watching them and history in the making), it certainly wasn’t all fun and games. It was endless days, swollen feet, hoarse voices, looming fears of hurricanes, and weight gains or losses (depending upon stress coping style). I myself wasn’t technically working at the conventions, but used the time off as a sort of summer enrichment project. Some people follow Phish, I spent the last couple of weeks making my way from the DNC in Denver to the RNC in Minneapolis.

So while I figuratively pick the last flecks of glitter out of my hair, my thoughts turn to some of the characters I met along the way, some of the things my eyes saw…


September 5th, 2008
04:09 PM ET

Gumbo, evangelicals and Palin

Delegates look up as the balloons fall after Republican presidential nominee John McCain concluded his speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, Thursday.

Delegates look up as the balloons fall after Republican presidential nominee John McCain concluded his speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, Thursday.

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

We have been on quite the adventure tour the past couple of weeks...all to talk with you, the voters, all over the country. What seems like forever ago, we started our travels in Encinitas, CA where we watched the DNC with some senior citizens.

We moved on to Arizona to talk with Latinos and on to Louisiana to talk with young professionals. It was a mad scurry to a sporting goods store to pick up rain gear when we stopped for a few days in New Orleans to get nice and wet while covering Hurricane Gustav.

We then we packed up the cars and drove to Florida to kick back up our voter tours. It was in Pensacola that we talked with conservative evangelical Christians and hopped another flight up to Virginia to talk with women.

It’s been fun talking with voters to get a real sense of what our country’s voters are thinking. We chatted with so many great people while watching the conventions and dining over everything from fish tacos to gumbo to burgers.

We watched reactions to Obama’s acceptance speech, to the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin and McCain’s performance last night. The opinions were very interesting, some very passionate, many still undecided.

We are now sitting in a hotel putting together our stories on how evangelical Christians and women reacted to the conventions which you will see tonight.

September 5th, 2008
10:54 AM ET

GOP shouldn't knock community organizers

Roland S. Martin | Bio
AC360° Contributor
CNN Political Analyst

The Republicans have made it clear where their focus is this week with their convention slogan, "Country First."

With the abundance of flags, chants of "U.S.A., U.S.A." and tributes to those in the military, they have been laying it on thick.

Sen. John McCain has often talked about the need for Americans to dedicate themselves to service, namely military, and he is on the money.

But a line of attack that was used consistently by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and later by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, tried to call into question whether community organizers put their country first.

Palin focused on the issue, mainly to criticize the Obama campaign for offering up his community organizing work opposite her experience as mayor.

But when you examine Giuliani's dismissive tone - and the subsequent laughter by the Republicans in the XCel Energy Center - regarding the community organizer jabs, the Democrats could have an opening.

After praising Palin's speech, I said as much, and that they can expect the Obama-Biden camp to seize on that point. This morning, I read an e-mail from Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, who incorporated the community organizer argument into a fundraising appeal.

Republican operatives I talked to said the lines were brilliant and that community organizers don't play to the GOP's strength.

I disagree. And so do the many folks who have sent me angry e-mails. They include white Republicans, black Democrats, people from Small Town, U.S.A., and Big City, America.


September 4th, 2008
02:37 PM ET

Details on RNC Bomb plan

Joe Johns | BIO
CNN CorrespondentFederal prosecutors today released details of what they called a plan by a 23 year old man to set off bombs to coincide with the Republican National Convention.


Matthew DePalma of Flint, Michigan is the suspect.

He is charged with possessing Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint also alleges that DePalma in July 2008 (at something called the Crimethinc Convergence, which looks vaguely on-line like an Anarchists' Convention), told an FBI confidential source that he wanted to travel to the RNC to "make some bombs" and "blow sh*t up."

Later in August, the affidavit says DePalma now begin recorded on FBI audio and video, told the source that he wanted to build a chemical bomb to cause a power outage at the RNC.

He also expressed his interest in Molotov cocktails. The source apparently went with the defendant to buy gasoline and diesel fuel, and witnessed the suspect creating a "flammable gelatin" for Molotov cocktails.

Still the document indicated that the defendant indicated a power outage at the convention hall was his main purpose. He was locked up August 30th.

Not clear how far he got on the main plan. The complaint said there was cause to believe he had five Molotov cocktails in his possession when it was filed.

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