Convention Coverage RNC

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12:03 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ohio would rather have had Portman, but will settle for Ryan

The nearly 500 Ohioans who came to Tampa this week for the Republican National Convention had hoped they would be celebrating a  victory - having their favorite son, Sen. Rob Portman of Cincinnati - in the second spot on the GOP ticket.


But it was not to be.


And. despite their disappointment, the 66 delegates, 63 alternates and several hundred Ohio guests here are taking it well; and vowing they will let bygones by bygones when it comes to going back home to work for the ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman chosen over Portman.

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Howard Wilkinson at RNC
10:07 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Howard Wilkinson at the Republican National Convention

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Each morning this week Howard Wilkinson will join Maryanne Zeleznik to talk about the Republican National Convention.  Here's today's chat:

Inside Pitch
9:40 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Cancelling Monday session the right call, Ohio chairman says

Despite the fact that Tampa is taking only an indirect hit from Tropical Storm Isaac, calling off the Monday sessions was the right call, Ohio Republican Party chairman Bob Bennett said this morning.

"A few days ago, it looked like it would be a direct hit,'' Bennett told reporters before the Ohio delegation breakfast Monday. "They made the right call."

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Inside Pitch
8:25 am
Mon August 27, 2012

A Romney son today; Gingrich, Santorum and Rice to come

The Ohio delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa was to have heard from Mitt Romney's son, Craig this morning, but the middle child of Romney's five sons, Josh is now going to take his place.

Josh is rumored to have his own political ambitions.

With the convention sessions canceled today because of weather conditions, most delegates will be stuck at the hotel; and, at 12:45, they will get an extra treat - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who ran for the GOP nomination and lost, will visit the Ohio delegates.  

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-Inside Pitch
6:36 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Rain, wind doesn't stop the party in Tampa

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With Tropical Storm Isaac about to pass by Tampa Bay in the Gulf of Mexico Monday, Ohio's delegation to the Republican National Convention streamed into a resort hotel on the north side of Tampa Sunday, and had barely unpacked their bags before the partying began.


A half dozen buses lined up outside the Mainsail Suites and Conference Center - home to the Ohio delegation this week - to take them across Tampa Bay to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg for "The Welcome Event," a three-hour extravaganza of music and entertainment meant to kick off the party convention.

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