Republican National Convention

Opinion
12:54 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Local reporters at national conventions are not a waste of money

Reporters in the press room of the DNC
Lester Graham Michigan Radio

I just spent about $5,000 at the two national political conventions.


No, I wasn’t out wining and dining with the heavy hitters, and despite how much my critics would love to finally be able to prove my biases, I wasn’t handing out political contributions to candidates either.


I spent the money to send Michigan Radio reporters to cover the Michigan delegation at each convention.

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Politics & Government
4:01 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Political conventions & Isaac

Here come the balloons
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

America’s two largest political showcase events could be hampered in their efforts to get out their messages because of Hurricane Isaac.

The Republicans have left Tampa and the Democrats are rolling into Charlotte.

This weekend should be filled with nothing but talk about what Mitt Romney said about Barack Obama and what the Democratic President plans to say about his Republican challenger.

Instead, Hurricane Isaac threatens to dilute both parties finely crafted convention messaging.

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Politics & Government
4:01 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Romney campaign commits to Michigan "until the end"

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaking at the RNC in Tampa, Florida
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The Romney campaign says it plans to actively campaign In Michigan “until the end”.  But there is one major campaign component that Romney officials haven’t committed to yet.  Four years ago, the John McCain campaign pulled out of Michigan a month before the presidential election. State Republican leaders blamed that decision for hurting GOP turnout in Michigan in 2008.  Katie Gage says that won’t happen this year.  She’s a deputy director for the Romney campaign. Gage says the Romney campaign will be in Michigan “until the end”, with phone banks, local campaign offices and mailings.

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Politics & Government
3:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Lobbyists leave GOP National Convention. Next stop, Democratic National Convention

Lobbyists know their way around national political conventions
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The Republicans have wrapped up their convention in Tampa. Now hundreds of business people and lobbyists are boarding planes to join the Democrats in Charlotte for their national convention next week.

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Politics & Government
2:45 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Michigan's native son accepts the Republican presidential nomination

Mitt Romney waves to the crowd at last night Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michiganders who watched Mitt Romney accept the Republican presidential nomination last night in Tampa say they were impressed by the way he did it.

Mitt Romney dedicated much of his acceptance speech last night to doing something he doesn’t do often: talking about his personal life.

Romney talked about his parents, his marriage, his children and his personal motivations, both in business and in faith.

Ronna Romney-McDaniel is Mitt’s niece.  She says she's glad voters are getting a chance to learn more about him as a person.

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Politics & Government
11:26 am
Thu August 30, 2012

On the final day of the Republican National Convention, Michigan leaders get their marching orders

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) speaking to Michigan delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan native son Mitt Romney accepts the GOP presidential nomination this evening at the Republican National Convention.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s controversial governor gave Michigan’s delegates their marching orders today for the fall presidential campaign.

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker thanked Michigan Republicans for helping him defeat a recall campaign earlier this year.

Walker then urged the delegates to work just as hard to win their state for Mitt Romney in November…

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Politics & Government
11:17 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Commentary: Blocking Ron Paul out

There’s an elderly lady in Royal Oak who has sharpened and repaired my razors and table knives for years.

She has spent her life in business for herself, and does excellent work. She also isn’t shy about expressing her political opinions. She now works out of her home, and since the campaign started, her home has been decorated with Ron Paul signs.

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Politics & Government
1:37 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Ryan sets the right "tone" for Michigan Republicans at the GOP national convention

Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan addressing the Republican National Convention last night in Tampa, Florida
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan’s delegates say they left the Republican National Convention last night with extra enthusiasm.

They say vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan set the right ‘tone’ for the fall campaign in his acceptance speech.

Michigan’s delegates liked hearing Paul Ryan attacking the ‘Affordable Care Act’ and President Obama’s economic and spending policies.

Tom Stroup is a delegate from Northfield Township.   He says the “tone” of Paul Ryan’s speech should connect with independent voters.

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Politics & Government
11:14 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Michigan Republican leaders told not to focus solely on presidential race

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R) KY
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan’s U.S. Senate race is getting attention from top Congressional GOP leaders at the Republican National Convention.

“It’s not just carrying it for Mitt Romney…we need a new senator from Michigan as well,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Michigan delegates this morning, “Because I would like to be setting the agenda in the Senate instead of (Democratic Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid.”

McConnell told the delegates that Republican control of the U.S. Senate depends on Michigan.

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Politics & Government
1:03 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Republican women liked what Ann Romney had to say about her husband (but will it sway others?)

The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan's female delegates to the Republican National Convention not surprisingly give high marks to Ann Romney for her speech last night.

Now the focus shifts to her husband Mitt, to see if he can build support among women voters.

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Newsmaker Interviews
7:57 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Michigan GOP at the RNC convention

Governor Rick Snyder at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio's All Things Considered host, Jennifer White talks with reporter Steve Carmody. He's been covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

More than 100 Michigan delegates are at the GOP convention. Among the delegation is Governor Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette. Also in the mix are Republican Party members from around the state.

"The primary focus for a lot of the delegates is obviously, get Mitt Romney elected...but when you get away from the simple politics, the main thrust of what the delegates are most concerned about is jobs. They say, the economy and bringing more jobs to Michigan is their primary concern," Carmody said.

The big question is whether Michigan could play a bigger role in the election than previously thought. Carmody said:

"The Republicans here insist that it is a swing state, and that it will play a pivotal role. Of course, others cite different polls that show that there is a much wider gap in Michigan than there are in other swing states."

For example, "Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey was talking to the Michigan delegation, and he said that Michigan is, as he described it, 'a state of consequence,' which means it is a swing state.  That if Michigan does turn out and vote for Mitt Romney that would put Mitt Romney over the top as president. And he said it’s up to people in that room, the Michigan delegation, to make sure that they do get out the Republican vote.  He said this morning that, you don’t want to wake up the next day and find out that Mitt Romney fell one percentage point short in Michigan and that cost him the election," said Carmody.

Commentary
12:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Commentary: The Romneys

I don’t claim to really know Mitt Romney, who is going to be nominated for president tonight at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. I did, however, interview him at length five years ago, the first time he ran for president.

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Politics & Government
11:42 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Jersey's Republican governor says Michigan is a 'State of Consequence' in November's election

Gov. Chris Christie, (R) NJ
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

The man in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention tonight took his star power to the Michigan delegation this morning.

It’s a staple of every morning at national political conventions: the big name breakfast speaker.    And there are few bigger than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.   The Garden State governor has a prime time slot tonight, delivering the convention’s keynote address. 

Christie told Michigan’s delegates about a conversation he had with Mitt Romney about the Republican nominee’s chance of winning New Jersey in November.

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Politics & Government
2:01 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Michigan congressman will be in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention today

Rep. Dan Benishek, (R) MI
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A Michigan congressman in a tight re-election campaign will stand in the spotlight today at the Republican National Convention.

Republican Dan Benishek defeated Democrat Gary McDowell two years ago to win the congressional seat formerly held by Bart Stupak.   The two will face off again in a rematch in November.

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Economy
1:01 am
Tue August 28, 2012

A taste of home for Michiganders at the Republican National Convention

A taste of home in St. Petersburg, Florida
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan delegates to the Republican National Convention can find a lot to eat in Tampa.

But at least one business, not too far from the convention center, hopes those delegates will also want a small taste of home.

Tampa is hardly short of great uniquely Floridian food choices, from Cuban sandwiches in Ybor City to beachside shacks where you can eat a variety of fish that were swimming in the Gulf of Mexico a few hours before.

But sometimes you just want a coney.

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Politics & Government
8:51 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Democratic Party joke not funny to Michigan Republicans at GOP national convention

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Political shenanigans are nothing new at national political conventions.

But Michigan Democrats are the ones having fun today at Mitt Romney’s expense.

It started, as many things at a national political conventions do, with a press release.

But this press release had the eye catching title “Michigan GOP to Hold “No One’s Ever Asked to See My Birth Certificate” party.   The press release claimed the party was to show support for Mitt Romney, who raised the issue of President Obama’s birth certificate last Friday in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
11:51 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Michigan Republicans cheer new poll that shows presidential race is tied in Michigan

Former Speaker of the House and former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich addresses the Monday breakfast meeting for the Michigan RNC delegation
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A new poll of likely Michigan voters shows Republican Mitt Romney has pulled even with President Barack Obama.   That news was greeted with cheers today at the Republican National Convention.

Michigan is often referred to as a ‘second tier’ swing state.  One that likely Mitt Romney will have trouble winning over to the Republican column.   But the new Mitchell Research poll of twelve hundred voters may change that perception.    The poll found 47 percent of likely Michigan voters back the president.   47 percent support his Republican challenger.  

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Commentary
10:37 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Commentary: Michigan and the GOP convention

If you watch much of the Republican National Convention this week, you’ll be in a tiny minority, even though the delegates are nominating a Michigan native with a famous name for President.

In fact, you may have to work hard at finding a network that carries very much of the convention. If you are under forty you may find this hard to believe, but there was a time when all the networks offered gavel-to-gavel coverage of every minute of both major parties’ conventions. They thought it was their civic duty.

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Politics & Government
1:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Michigan GOP chairman expects Republican National Convention will end on time

Tampa International Airport decked out to greet delegates and others coming to town for the Republican National Convention.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The chairman of Michigan’s Republican Party says he does not believe Tropical Storm Isaac will hamper the work that needs to get done at this week's national convention in Florida.

National party leaders canceled most events for the first day of the Republican National convention because of the threat of  Isaac.   They hope to get back on schedule tomorrow.

National Republican leaders are not ruling out the need to add an extra day to the schedule.

But Bob Schostak says he doubts that will be necessary.   Schostak is the chair of Michigan’s Republican Party.

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Politics & Government
1:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

'Snowbirds' getting the attention of Republicans in Michigan and Florida

Swing voters?
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Retirees are expected to play a pivotal role in this fall’s election.

Republican Party leaders in Michigan and Florida are particularly interested in one unique set of voters - the so-called Snowbirds.

Snowbird is the term used for northern retirees who spend the winters in Florida.

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