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August 27th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

Security tight in Tampa for Republican National Convention – Fmr. Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino on concerns before big event

Fmr. Secret Service Agent & Maryland Republican Senatorial Candidate Dan Bongino on security preps for GOP convention.

August 27th, 2012
10:06 AM ET

What does Mitt Romney need to do at Republican National Convention? National Journal's Ron Brownstein says Romney will have to convince voters that he cares about them

In Tampa, Fla. this morning, at home base for the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney will make his debut as the party's official nominee for president later this week. Weather permitting, some of the party's brightest stars will be speaking from Florida as well.

Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida and the candidate's own wife, Ann Romney, will take the stage to talk about the former Massachusetts governor and why he should be president of the United States. That's the question that everyone is asking right now and that's the sales pitch that the Romney team is making.

Ron Brownstein, CNN political analyst and editorial director for the "National Journal," says what Romney needs to do at the convention is to convince voters that they are important to him.

"Romney trails on a lot of these personal measures of connection and empathy," Brownstein says. "What's striking is that he leads on the question usually of who can revive the economy overall, trails on - caring about people like me and the short version that pollsters think what people are saying is, they think that Romney probably is more skilled at getting the economy going in some macro sense. But people are so dubious that he cares about and will deliver prosperity for people them like them, and that is certainly, I think, job one this week for him."

"His task is to convince them that he sees them [voters], that he cares about people like them," Brownstein adds.

August 24th, 2012
06:42 AM ET

VIDEO: Security, storm prep in focus for Republican National convention – Brian Todd reports

Brian Todd looks at the security concerns and storm preps in Tampa ahead of the Republican National Convention.

August 23rd, 2012
08:48 AM ET

GOP analyst Alice Stewart says Obama wants Akin comments in news to keep his own record out

Republican Analyst Alice Stewart on the Akin controversy and ramp up to the Republican National Convention.

August 23rd, 2012
06:26 AM ET

Abortion, Medicare hot topics before Republican National Convention – Peter Hamby on how voters could react

Peter Hamby looks at how discussion around abortion and Medicare could dominate at the Republican National Convention.

August 23rd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

All eyes on Tropical Storm Isaac as storm gains strength, could hit Florida as hurricane by Monday

(CNN) - Not yet a hurricane, Tropical Storm Isaac has already delivered shock waves from the Caribbean to Florida, postponing terror trial hearings in Cuba and posing a potential threat to next week's GOP convention in Tampa.

Isaac's path remains uncertain, but some computer models show the storm slicing its way up Florida's peninsula. Others send it farther west, into the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials are taking the threat seriously.

This morning on "Early Start," meteorologist Rob Marciano details the latest track for the storm.

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