2012 Presidential Election
Mitt Romney holds a fundraising advantage over President Barack Obama, and his high command hopes to expand the electoral map soon if post-convention polls in several swing states indicate it's worth the investment.
The crowd at the Republican convention roared at its first glimpse of actor and director Clint Eastwood, the night's surprise guest. "Save some for Mitt," he told them.
The race has appeared unusually close since Romney clinched his nomination last spring. Only eight or so battleground states appear to be competitive, although Republicans say they hope to expand the campaign after Labor Day.
High security, busy itinerary, odd wardrobes among the highlights for those attending the event in Tampa, Fla.
Rep. Paul Ryan said he accepts "the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready"
The Republican convention hosted a slew of political leaders on Wednesday through video messages and in person, including former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, and former presidential candidate John McCain.
Paul Ryan is set to address the GOP convention Wednesday night while Ron Paul supporters are looking forward to a tribute to their favorite candidate. Later, John McCain, who was defeated in his bid for president in 2008, will address the gathering.
Highlights from the first full day of the Republican National Convention include Mitt Romney's formal nomination for president and speeches from Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The convention delegates also approved a conservative platform that calls for tax cuts to stimulate the economy at a time of sluggish growth and 8.3 percent unemployment.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished with 2,061 delegates, well over the 1,144 needed to claim the Republicans' presidential nomination.
Tropical Storm Isaac could still be a distraction for the Republican convention as the storm moves up the Gulf Coast..
The New Jersey governor's mission was to make the case against President Barack Obama and fire up a convention delayed in its start by a tropical storm.
Ann Romney swept onto the stage at the Republican National Convention late Tuesday and delivered a forceful defense of her husband's character and values.
A combination of bad weather, tight security that blocks off streets and a delay in Republican National Convention activities has left Tampa's streets deserted, its restaurants nearly empty.
With Isaac approaching menacingly off the Gulf Coast, the Republican convention started off somberly, with nearly every party leader speaking of the storm's potential damage.
The new GOP rules would bind delegates to the outcome of presidential primaries and caucuses, allowing candidates to choose which delegates would represent them at future national conventions. The new rules would also make it more difficult for insurgent candidates to get their names placed in nomination at the convention.
Republican National Convention organizers and attendees brace for Hurricane Isaac as the convention approaches.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's formal nomination will be postponed by a day because of Tropical Storm Isaac.