ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES FELL SHORT OF MEMORABLE

Aides to President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney  say both their acceptance speeches were meticulously written and rewritten, with the White House even vetting some lines through focus groups. Perhaps that caution was the problem, because — as many commentators pointed out — neither speech seemed to attain the soaring resonance of remarks delivered by other speakers at the same two conventions. Read Rob Koenig’s analysis in the Beacon.

(Photo credits: Chris Keane, Reuters — Obama; Shannon Stapleton Reusters- Romney)

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ROMNEY BOTH TENDER AND TOUGH AS HE ACCEPTS GOP NOMINATION

Mitt Romney reintroduced himself to the nation as a tender family man and a tough-minded leader who will create 12 million jobs and restore the “promise of America.”  Meanwhile his campaign has shifted into high gear as delegates from Missouri and across the country are pledging to work hard for the Romney-Ryan ticket. Though Missouri trends red, Missouri Republicans say they won’t leave anything to chance. Read Rob Koenig’s report from Tampa in the St. Louis Beacon.

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LOCAL REPUBLICANS CELEBRATE AT WATCH PARTY

Ann Wagner, the 2nd District congressional nominee hosted a watch party for the local party faithful and was rewarded with a packed room that spilled into the hallway at the Corner Grill and Pub in Ballwin.  The turnout reflected the optimistic mood of area Republicans as they galvanize for the Nov. 6 election.  Jo Mannies … working late … made the party. Read her report for the Beacon.

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ST. LOUIS ON THE AIR: Assessing the GOP Convention

St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh interviews Beacon reporter Rob Koenig and Illinois Public Radio correspondent Amanda Vinicky, who are providing coverage from Tampa. Listen to the podcast.

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THE BEACON POLITICAL PODCAST: The Races Heat Up Here & Nationwide

Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies discuss Romney-Obama, Akin-McCaskill and Newman-Carlson in a scorching and fast-paced 20 minutes. Listen to the podcast.

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BOND CRITICIZES OBAMA ON BIN LADEN RAID

KMBC reporter Michael Mahoney reports that former U.S. Sen. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond  told Missouri delegates that Navy Seals should have taken prisoners in the raid that killed terrorist Osam bin Laden. Mahoney added that Bond accused Obama afterward of crippling the agency that oversaw the effort with budget cuts. Read Mahoney’s blog entry.

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SPEAKER BOEHNER GIVES ILLINOIS GOP DELEGATES A PEP TALK

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner tells delegates from blue-state Illinois that the state is a key to the GOP maintaining its House majority. Read the report at St. Louis Public Radio.

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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM

Lots of folks are talking about it. Now you can read it verbatim. 

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RYAN STIRS BASE WHILE REACHING OUT TO INDEPENDENTS

In accepting his party’s nomination for vice president, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan delivered a strong message about fiscal responsibility, economic growth and America’s future. His mission is to energize the GOP base but also ease concerns that independent voters might have about the impact of his budget proposals, which mirror those of Mitt Romney in most ways. Read Rob Koenig’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.

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MISSOURI HOUSE FLOOR LEADER LAYS DOWN A MARKER FOR RYAN


Missouri House floor leader and likely next Speaker Tim W. Jones of Eureka discusses with the St. Louis Beacon the impact of GOP VP  candidate Paul Ryan on the race in Missouri and nationally.

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