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KQED 9: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
A day after the Republican National Convention wraps in Tampa, Gwen Ifill travels to Charlotte, North Carolina for a special Election 2012 edition of Washington Week.
All week a parade of past, present and future Republican party leaders stepped up to the podium at the GOP convention in Tampa to lay out the conservative case for why America needs a new direction and why Mitt Romney is the man for the job.
The former Massachusetts governor accepted the Republican Party's nomination during a primetime speech Thursday night. Romney was expected to dissect President Obama's record and explain how his administration would "turnaround" America. On Wednesday night Romney's running mate Paul Ryan energized the convention hall with a rousing speech where he talked about the Obama administration's policy failings and how Mitt Romney would not duck the tough issues as commander in chief.
Next week the political attention shifts to Charlotte where Democrats open their own convention. There President Obama will present his case to America about why he and Vice President Joe Biden deserve a second term and why the Romney-Ryan ticket is the wrong choice for America.
The president spent this week monitoring Hurricane Isaac and the situation in the storm-ravaged Gulf. He also held rallies in 3 battleground states targeting his message to young people and talking about the important choice voters will have to make in November. In 2008 the college vote helped Obama win the White House.
Joining Gwen Ifill in Charlotte this week:
Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times;
Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post;
John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times;
And Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics.
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
* Gwen Ifill and the Washington Week team are traveling to Florida this week to cover the Republican National Convention. Republicans will be gathering in Tampa to officially nominate Mitt Romney as the party's candidate for president and to kick-off the final push to defeat President Barack Obama in November.
* The former Massachusetts governor had planned to spend this week campaigning on his vision for America and talking about how he would create jobs, bolster the economy and reduce the national debt. But Romney's message was drowned out by a fellow Republican running for the US Senate in Missouri. Rep. Todd Akin's controversial remarks about rape and abortion outraged liberals as well as many conservatives. Romney and members of the GOP leadership have called on Akin to step aside, but the 6-term House member remains defiant and has vowed to stay in the Senate race until the end. Will the issue of abortion be a factor in the fall and could it help or hurt the Romney-Ryan ticket?
* The presidential race remains a virtual tie with President Obama gaining a slight lead since Romney tapped Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Ryan enjoys tremendous support among the party base, but can he rally reluctant Republicans who question Romney's conservative credentials?
* Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a one-time vice presidential contender and a tea party favorite will introduce Mitt Romney before he accepts his nomination. Rubio is among a roster of the party's future stars scheduled to speak including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
Joining Gwen in Florida with analysis of the 2012 presidential race: Dan Balz of The Washington Post; John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News; Beth Reinhard of National Journal; and Amy Walter of ABC News.
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KQED 9: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
Mitt Romney's decision to pick Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate seems to have energized conservatives and even excited many liberals. The 7-term lawmaker is best known for his dramatic proposal to cut and transform government health and income security programs to balance the budget. Democrats believe Ryan exemplifies the distinct election-year choice voters will have to make between the Republican and Democratic visions about the size and role of the federal government.
On the presidential campaign trail the rhetoric seemed to get louder and angrier as both candidates launched bus tours in key battleground states. During a 3-day trip to Iowa President Barack Obama talked about the need for drought relief and touted the benefits of renewable energy. Mitt Romney traveled to coal-rich eastern Ohio to talk about the importance of coal as one of the ways to make the US energy independent.
Ryan faced tough questions about his proposed plan to reform Medicare which he says will protect and strengthen the program. The Obama campaign insists "it will end Medicare as we know it."
But the debate over energy policy and Medicare was overshadowed by a firestorm Vice President Joe Biden ignited with his controversial comments suggesting Romney would put Americans "in chains."
Is this negative war of words and remarkably nasty tone coming from both camps what voters can expect for the next 3 months until Election Day? Or will the upcoming conventions force both campaigns to refocus their attention to jobs, the weak economy, and a continuing war in Afghanistan?
We will get analysis on the 2012 presidential race from Jackie Calmes of The New York Times, John Harris of Politico, and Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics.
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KQED 9: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
New polls show the presidential race remains in a dead heat with fewer than 90 days until Election Day. A new set of New York Times/CBS News polls in 3 key swing states shows President Obama leading in Virginia and Wisconsin, but trailing in Colorado where Mitt Romney leads Obama 50%-45%. But when it comes to favorability, Mr. Obama holds a 13-point edge over Mr. Romney (53% to 40%) in the latest Washington Post/ABC News national survey.
There are some mixed results among the polls, but most experts agree the election boils down to a handful of battleground states. That's why both campaigns are targeting key states and select groups of voters. Both candidates are out campaigning in crucial swing states like Iowa and Colorado hoping to convert undecided voters into full-fledged supporters. And Obama and Romney are both aiming their messages at the same group of voters: women and the working class.
While the candidates continue their grassroots outreach with voters, outside political groups that support each candidate are raising eyebrows with their controversial ads about welfare and healthcare that have the Obama and Romney campaigns crying foul.
Plus time is ticking down for Mitt Romney to announce his choice of a vice presidential running mate. We will examine the state of the 2012 presidential race with:
Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times;
Beth Reinhard of National Journal;
and John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times.
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KQED 9: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
* Mitt Romney returned to the campaign trail on Thursday following a week-long overseas trip that generated a lot of controversy. New polls show the presumptive Republican nominee has lost ground in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida where President Obama leads. Amy Walter of ABC News will have a report on how President Obama and Mitt Romney are both working to energize their campaigns ahead of their party's political conventions and the concentrated efforts both candidates are making to win independent voters in battleground states.
* Republicans are talking about the Tea Party's big victory in Texas Tuesday night when former state solicitor general Ted Cruz upset Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican runoff for the US Senate. Cruz, who has never been elected to public office, heads into the November election as the favorite to replace retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post will take a closer look at the influence the Tea Party and other grassroots conservative groups are having on establishment Republicans and the 2012 elections.
* David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal will have analysis of the July unemployment numbers due out Friday and the state of the economic recovery. Plus he'll explain why the budget process on Capitol Hill has grown wildly out of control as he reports in his new book, Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget.
* This week Congress approved a stop-gap measure to avoid a government shutdown but left a number of bills unfinished ahead of its August recess. Susan Davis of USA Today will report on some of the pending legislation including an overhaul of the US Postal Service, an extension of agriculture subsidies, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and the administration backed Cybersecurity Act to protect the nation's electrical grid and water supply.
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