It has become clear that the Republicans are trying to put on a diverse show, despite the fact that the party is 90% white.We have seen speeches during the Republican National Convention from a diverse group of people but will it have any affect?According to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll President Obama’s support among black voters is at 96% while Mitt Romney is at 0%. Also back in 2008, the black voter turnout was at a high of 65.2% with 96% of them supporting President Obama. read more
It’s Thursday and with Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech happening this evening it is only fitting we continue with our political baseball analogy. We have reached the top of the 6th with the Republican convention winding down and the democrats gearing up for their turn in Charlotte. The game is a virtual tie and it is anyone’s game.To lead off the evening we will be hearing from Newt and Calista Gingrich, Former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, and then the man of the moment Mitt Romney. When Mitt steps up to the plate will he hit a homerun or will it be a strikeout? read more
Batters up! With today being Thursday it is time for some political baseball on The Cycle. We are talking everything from day 3 of the Republican National Convention, to the weather, to who the special guest will be during the 9pm hour. Below find our full lineup and be sure to tweet us during the show @thecyclemsnbcWe are in the top of the 6th with Mitt Romney coming to bat tonight during the RNC. Rep. read more
All along the gulf coast, residents from Florida to Texas are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. From a dam being in danger of failing in Mississippi to the levees in Plaquemine, LA not performing, there is no place for the storm waters to go resulting in no end in sight for the flooding. According to a recent release from Gov. Jindal’s office about 1,500 people have been evacuated from Isaac stricken areas and another 1,500 are still waiting for a rescue. read more
The grand finale of the Republican National Convention will occur this evening with Mitt Romney formally accepting the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Last night, Paul Ryan accepted his Vice Presidential Nomination with a speech that made the crowd in Tampa go wild and be able to stand up and cheer for something they believe in. read more
A compelling, fact-based defense of the content of Paul Ryan’s vice-presidential acceptance speech last night is impossible. The deception was so flagrant, so thorough, so sloppy, and so unending that, as one observer on Twitter put it, Politifact probably melted down.That left those speaking up for Ryan to make a broader, more philosophical point about the inherently slippery nature of political rhetoric. Larry Sabato, the UVa professor and pundit, led the chargeon this front:Convo speeches are not scholarly papers w/ footnotes. read more
Rep. Todd Akin is done apologizing and ready to get back to attacking his opponent in Missouri's senate race, incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. In his latest ad, "Six Seconds - Six Years," Akin tells viewers that his "six second" flub (where he said raped women cannot get pregnant) is nothing compared to Sen. McCaskill's six years in office."My six second mistake is well-known," he smiles. read more
Right now, Condoleezza Rice is taking the stage in Tampa, inconveniently upsetting two common media memes at once -- that Republicans have waged a war on women, and that Republicans are racist. Here is a nationally celebrated and respected black woman who is, whatever you make of her politics, a person to admire, standing up for conservative values and Mitt Romney. read more
It’s day two at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida as the spotlight shifts to Vice President Nominee Paul Ryan and his acceptance speech.After last night’s keynote address by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie - where he chose to focus more on himself than the nominee – received mixed reviews, all eyes are on Paul Ryan.In today’s edition of Final Spin, Steve and Krystal talk about what Ryan must say to help introduce Americans to the man on top of the ticket, Mitt Romney. read more
Last night Ann Romney spoke at the RNC about her husband, Mitt Romney, and shed some new light on the GOP Presidential nominee. Ann also tried to appeal to women voters, a demographic that has been fought over by both sides. In 2008, women outnumbered men at the polls by a margin of 10 million voters.
So did Ann’s speech last night connect with the Female demographic who may have been feeling alienated by the ugliness happening around them? Melissa Harris Perry pulled up a chair to The Cycle table to help answer the question.
Earlier today Mitt Romney spoke to Veterans at the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis. Seeing as this is the first time since 1932 the GOP ticket does not have a Veteran on it, it was important for Mitt to appear in person, unlike President Obama who spoke to them via video on Tuesday. With the GOP officially nominating Mitt Romney last night in Tampa his running mate, Paul Ryan, takes the floor tonight along with other notable GOP speakers including John McCain. read more
Hurricane Isaac is not letting up anytime soon. With the Gulf Coast being slammed by the slow moving storm half a million people are without power and new evacuations are underway. This is seven years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and destroyed millions of lives. For some towns, like Plaquemines Parish, Isaac is actually worse than Katrina. read more
It’s Day 2 of the Republican National Convention speeches. From talking about the RNC to Mitt Romney speaking at the American Legion National Convection and President Obama set to talk at Telos Wireless Pavilion in downtown Charlottesville, VA we will be taking both speeches and have a packed news show on The Cycle. Check out our full lineup below where S.E. read more
The Republican National Convention was in full swing yesterday as Ann Romney took the stage to talk about her loving and caring husband, Mitt.Then the key note speaker of the RNC, Chris Christie, took center stage. Governor Christie was supposed to give a hard sell for Mitt Romney during his speech but it took the NJ Governor 1,800 words before Mitt Romney’s name was even mentioned. So what was he really selling? read more