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              FILE - In this July 18, 1988, file photo then-Texas state treasurer Ann Richards delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Republicans heading to th

    FILE - In this July 18, 1988, file photo then-Texas state treasurer Ann Richards delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Republicans heading to th

    Posted: 8/21/2012 2:53:35 AM EST
    FILE - In this July 18, 1988, file photo then-Texas state treasurer Ann Richards delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Republicans heading to their 2012 party convention in Tampa are eager to hear an earful about the shortcomings of President Barack Obama's record, the woeful U.S. economy and the competing visions of the two presidential candidates. They aren't looking for compromise, which most Americans say is necessary to get the nation on track. The delegates hear rhetoric that is brutal, vitriolic and far from conciliatory. Some lines from both conventions are memorable. "Poor George, he can't help it - he was born with a silver foot in his mouth," quipped Richards to laughs and applause at the DNC. Her target was well-heeled GOP candidate George H.W. Bush. (AP Photo)
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              FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2008, file photo, Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Republican

    FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2008, file photo, Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Republican

    Posted: 8/21/2012 2:53:33 AM EST
    FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2008, file photo, Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Republicans heading to their 2012 party convention in Tampa are eager to hear an earful about the shortcomings of President Barack Obama's record, the woeful U.S. economy and the competing visions of the two presidential candidates. They aren't looking for compromise, which most Americans say is necessary to get the nation on track. The delegates hear rhetoric that is brutal, vitriolic and far from conciliatory. Some lines from both conventions are memorable. Comparing her mayoral experience in Wasilla to that of Democratic nominee Barack Obama, Palin said, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, expect that you have actual responsibilities." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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              FILE - In this July 17, 1980, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan stands before a cheering Republican National Convention in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. Republica

    FILE - In this July 17, 1980, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan stands before a cheering Republican National Convention in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. Republica

    Posted: 8/21/2012 2:53:32 AM EST
    FILE - In this July 17, 1980, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan stands before a cheering Republican National Convention in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. Republicans heading to their 2012 party convention in Tampa are eager to hear an earful about the shortcomings of President Barack Obama's record, the woeful U.S. economy and the competing visions of the two presidential candidates. They aren't looking for compromise, which most Americans say is necessary to get the nation on track. The delegates hear rhetoric that is brutal, vitriolic and far from conciliatory. The Republicans want a party like in 1980 when the GOP ousted a Democratic president after one term. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)


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