Aug 30 2012

GOP’s RNC Speeches Invoke Virtues of Greed and Racial Resentments

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As the Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida wraps up this evening, we’ll take a look at some of the reigning themes of the convention, from the overt “We built It,” opening night theme, to the darker implications of celebrating voter ID laws that disenfranchise people of color. Over the course of the week, established and rising stars within the Republican party gave addresses including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Also taking to the stage on the opening night was Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, who’s task was to humanize her husband and introduce a more intimate side of him to the nation. Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, gave a lengthy speech yesterday, also extolling Romney’s qualifications. And finally, tonight, Mitt Romney himself is expected to make his nomination speech.

GUEST: Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy and the intersection of money and politics. He is author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics. Ari Berman is Uprising’s Election Analyst

Meanwhile, outside the Republican Convention, protesters from all over the country have organized events, marches, actions, and more. A major march on Monday morning called attention to major Republican policies including women’s reproductive rights, and social safety programs like Medicare. A small camp in the vicinity of the convention, organized by Occupy Wall Street, has dubbed itself Romneyville, named after the Depression-era Hoovervilles, or shantytowns built by the homeless.

GUEST: Janelle Irwin, Senior Reporter at WMNF in Tampa

Visit rnc.wmnf.org for WMNF’s RNC coverage. And, follow them on twitter @wmnfnews.

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