Rhetoric, Reality and the Republican Convention
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It's all over but the Main Event at the Republican National convention. We look at what to expect tonight from Mitt Romney, based in part on what Paul Ryan told the delegates last night. We also get an update on Hurricane Isaac, and hear about foreign policy and the effort to reach Latinos.
Banner image: Republican vice presidential nominee Congressman Paul Ryan takes the stage to accept the nomination during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012. Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters
Isaac Heads North ()
Hurricane Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical storm. That does not mean it's over, and its progress is being closely watched with the current threat to a dam on Lake Ponchatrain near New Orleans. David Adams is Reuters Bureau Chief in Miami.
- David Adams: Reuters
After Days of Speeches, It's Time for the Main Event ()
Tonight it's Mitt Romney's turn at last after a convention that's pushed increasingly toward a Tea-Party version of limited government. Republican delegates and the voters at large will learn if their nominee will still present himself as the pragmatic Mr. Fixit or more of a conservative ideologue. Last night, Romney's chosen running mate, Paul Ryan, debuted on the national stage with a speech that the delegates wanted to hear, including red-meat attacks on four years of Barack Obama's presidency, at the expense of being called "factually challenged." We compare the rhetoric with the reality, and hear how Condoleezza Rice wowed a convention with a talk about foreign policy.
To the Point is broadcasting live from the Republican convention all week. You can find all our coverage at KCRW.org/election2012.
- Karen Tumulty: Washington Post, @ktumulty
- Joshua Trevino: Texas Monthly, @jstrevino
- Lawrence O'Donnell: MSNBC's 'The Last Word', @Lawrence
- Robert O'Brien: delegate from California, @robertcobrien
- Michael A. Cohen: Century Foundation, @speechboy71
Latino Voters and the GOP ()
The Republican Party is dominated by white voters, especially those over 60, people who are uneasy about the rapid demographic changes in the US. Former Republican Party chairman Mel Martinez told a forum yesterday that the GOP risks being "relegated to a minority party" because of its failure to reach out to the growing number of Hispanic voters. At the same event, GOP consultant Ana Navarro said, "Where his [Romney] numbers are right now, we should be pressing the panic button." Last night a prime-time spot went to New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez, who told the delegates how she changed from being a Democrat to being a Republican. Matt Barreto is with the polling firm Latino Decisions.
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