Week In The News: Romney and Ryan and Issac

From Tampa, Mitt’s big night.  Paul Ryan’s debut.  Isaac’s deep water and the Democrats rev up. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A church is flooded as Hurricane Isaac hits Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Braithwaite, La. (AP)

A church is flooded as Hurricane Isaac hits Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Braithwaite, La. (AP)


It was all politics out of Tampa this week and the Republican National Convention.  Politics and dreams and a call out for the hearts and minds and votes of Americans.  Mitt Romney told cheering delegates last night that Americans deserve better than the last four years.

Paul Ryan went hard at Obama policy.  Ann Romney spoke up for love.  Clint Eastwood for… well, for “make my day” maybe.  Republicans wanted to lay out a stark choice in Tampa.  They did.  Next week, it’s the Democrats’ turn.

This hour, On Point:  Romney, Ryan and the Republican push.  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

-Tom Ashbrook


Bill McKenzie, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

Cynthia Tucker, a visiting professor at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She spent 20 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an editorial board member and syndicated columnist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007.

Jack BeattyOn Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times “Tropical Storm Isaac’s once fierce winds slowed to 40 miles per hour on Thursday morning as it finally moved out of southern Louisiana and headed north while continuing to bring heavy rains and flooding along its path.”

Washington Post “The decision involves an increasingly contentious political issue: a push, largely by Republican-controlled legislatures and governor’s offices, to impose strict identification requirements on voters.”

Wall Street Journal “As a presidential candidate Mitt Romney has held his religion close, seldom mentioning his Mormon faith. But on Thursday, his beliefs will be front and center as he accepts the GOP presidential nomination.”

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