Republican National Convention

3:53 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Observers: Paul's RNC Speech Forceful

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul may not have received a prime time speech slot at  this week's Republican National Convention, but he still managed to get attention.

Observers like University Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton say the younger Paul is seen as a potential bridge between the current GOP establishment and they loyal followers of his father, Congressman Ron Paul.

Clayton says the build-up to Rand Paul's speech Wednesday night furthered that, with a video tribute to his father, who is exiting politics after decades in Congress.

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9:11 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Kentucky's Senators Give Back-to-Back Speeches at RNC

Kentucky may not be a key state in this fall’s presidential election, but its two senators played a key role in GOP attacks on the president Wednesday night. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul spoke back to back at the Republican National Convention. Their speeches were a one-two punch against many of President Barack Obama's policies. 

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3:55 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

McConnell Downplays Ron Paul Rift With GOP

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is shrugging off suggestions that the Republican Party lacks unity after former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul declined to endose Mitt Romney and left the party's Tampa convention.

The Kentucky Republican was asked about it during Politico's Playbook Breakfast. The interview was broadcast on C-SPAN.

McConnell says what matters is that his Senate colleague, Rand Paul, the son of the Texas congressman, has endorsed the Republican presidential nominee.

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4:25 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Barr Focuses on Coal in RNC Speech

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Republican Congressional candidate Andy Barr focused on coal in his national debut at the Republican National Convention.

Barr is running against Congressman Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s Sixth District, which covers much of the central part of the state. In a short speech at the convention today, Barr repeatedly said President Barack Obama doesn’t care about coal issues.

In contrast, Barr says he and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney do care about the coal industry in Kentucky.

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3:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Revised RNC Schedule Still Gives Kentuckians Speaking Slots

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The schedule shuffling at this year’s Republican National Convention won’t cost any Kentucky politicians their speaking slots.

With the first day’s events canceled due to Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac, at least two Kentucky speakers were in danger of being knocked off the schedule.

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2:10 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

McConnell, Barr To Speak At GOP Convention

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will deliver a speech a speech at this month’s Republican National Convention.

McConnell’s office confirmed to the congressional newspaper The Hill that McConnell will speak on August 29, the third night of the convention in Tampa.

The Republican National Committee previously announced that Kentucky junior Senator Rand Paul will speak on the convention’s opening night August 27.

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12:30 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Spotlight on Rand Paul Gets Brighter With Convention Speech

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul will continue to build his national profile with a speech at the Republican National Convention later this month.

A speaking slot at a convention is usually a springboard for wider national appeal. Senator Paul is a rumored running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

But Paul may have been selected for another reason.

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