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August 24th, 2012
12:09 PM ET

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says various agencies and GOP are 'seamless' in prep for Republican National Convention and Isaac

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn explains the latest in preps for the Republican National Convention and tropical storm Isaac.

Filed under: 2012 Race • GOP • Weather
August 24th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

VIDEO: Fla.Gov. Scott says 'we are ready for Isaac, RNC'

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott on state preparations in the event tropical storm Isaac hits during Republican National Convention.

Filed under: 2012 Race • GOP
August 23rd, 2012
02:34 PM ET

Sen. Huchison on Rep. Akin's rape comments: Women are smart enough to know that one person doesn't represent the GOP

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) on Rep. Todd Akin's controversial rape comments and how they will affect the GOP.

Sen. Hutchison also talks about how her state is handling an uptick in the West Nile virus, and the possibility of Tropical Storm Isaac heading their way.

Filed under: GOP • Uncategorized • Weather • West Nile
August 22nd, 2012
11:10 AM ET

Daily Beast contributor Mark McKinnon on Rep. Todd Akin's effect on GOP abortion platform

Daily Beast contributor Mark McKinnon on possible damage Rep. Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' comments could do to GOP.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Abortion • GOP • Politics • Todd Akin
July 31st, 2012
12:47 PM ET

VIDEO: How Rep. Paul Ryan captured the GOP

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza on his latest piece looking at Rep. Paul Ryan's rise to power in the Republican party.

Filed under: GOP • Politics
May 29th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

Campaign rep: Romney has learned from his successes and mistakes, will tout his record of job creation

Well, today could be the day that Mitt Romney officially clinches the GOP presidential nomination as Texas voters will head to the polls to choose their candidate in that state's primary.

Governor Romney has 1,066 delegates, which means he's just 78 delegates shy of 1,144 needed to win. Texas has 155 delegates up for grabs. The governor is spending the day outside the lone star state.

Though he's campaigning in both Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada, he has speeches planned focusing on the economy and jobs, and also a cameo from Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich in the state of Nevada.

Andrea Saul, press secretary for the Romney campaign, talks with Soledad this morning on her candidate's track record of job creation.

"What we can see is Governor Romney has 25 years of experience as a businessman and entrepreneur creating jobs," Saul says. "The only thing President Obama has managed is his own narrative. Governor Romney has the experience, he's learned from his successes and failures. And he created more jobs at Bain Capital or helped create more jobs at Bain Capital than President Obama has in the entire nation as president."

When pressed to list specific examples of failures or mistakes that Mitt Romney has learned from, Saul says she doesn't have specifics.

"Not every business is successful," Saul says. "He had successes, he had failures. I don’t have any specific examples to pass on, but there’re going to be ups and downs...and anybody in the private sector understands that."

Filed under: 2012 Race • GOP • Politics
May 23rd, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Fmr. Bain director: 'A little far-fetched' to say that business executives wouldn't make great leaders

A new ad was released yesterday once again attacking Mitt Romney for his tenure at Bain Capital.

While Romney and his supporters say the candidate's time at Bain qualifies him to turn America's struggling economy around, Vice President Biden argued otherwise yesterday, saying that Romney's investment-firm background no more qualifies him to serve as president than would experience working as a plumber.

On Starting Point this morning, Bain Capital's former managing director Ed Conard defends Romney's record and explains why he believes business executives would make great leaders.

Responding to criticism that companies like Bain are more concerned with making money than creating jobs, Conard says, "It's half true that companies and Bain Capital work for investors, but more importantly they work for customers and you can't be successful with investors if you're not successful with customers."

Filed under: Business • GOP
May 11th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

Campaign adviser says 'We should take Mitt Romney at his word' about alleged bullying

Following the publication of a Washington Post article that reported that Mitt Romney bullied a vulnerable student in high school, the candidate responded by asserting that he doesn't remember the incident, but that he is sorry if he ever hurt anyone.

The campaign also distributed statements from two of Romney's former high school classmates, including one from John French, who said, "Mitt never had a malicious bone in his body."

On Starting Point this morning, Romney campaign adviser Kerry Healey reiterates French's claims, asserting that the candidate is "unfailingly kind," "deeply compassionate," and "deeply concerned about people's lives."

Healey defends Romney's inability to remember the incident and says that "bullying isn't something that [Romney] ever knowingly participated in."

Filed under: 2012 Race • GOP • Politics
May 9th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Richard Mourdock: 'I don't think there's going to be a lot of successful compromise' in the Senate

After thirty six years in the Senate, Dick Lugar lost the Indiana Republican primary yesterday to Richard Mourdock, the state's treasurer who is supported by the Tea Party.

Following his concession speech last night, Lugar issued a statement criticizing the partisan environment in Washington and Mourdock's "unrelenting partisan mindset," writing that "unless [Mourdock] modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator. Worse, he will help delay solutions that are totally beyond the capacity of partisan majorities to achieve."

On Starting Point this morning, Mourdock responded to this criticism, saying, "What I've said about compromise and bipartisanship is that I hope to build a conservative majority in the U.S. Senate so that bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy, lower taxes and get America moving again."

When pressed to clarify this statement, Murdock asserted, "The fact is that you never compromise on principles...We are at the point where one side or the other will win this argument. One side or the other will dominate."

Filed under: 2012 Race • GOP • Politics
April 25th, 2012
08:55 AM ET

Rep. Mary Mack: Romney 'the kindest, most benevolent character I've ever met'

Rep. Mary Bono Mack explains why she thinks that Santorum will eventually endorse Romney and weighs in on the importance of the immigration in the 2012 election.

Filed under: GOP
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