Yes, they have become costly infomercials. But political conventions can clarify – and sometimes even electrify.
Campaigning in Michigan, Mitt Romney quipped that no one has ever asked to see his birth certificate – a nod to anti-Obama 'birthers.' But what was he doing in Michigan?
Despite the gaffes, what's striking about the presidential race heading into the Republican National Convention is its stability. Obama is holding ground, despite the lackluster economy.
With soaring public approval ratings, Bill Clinton calls on Americans to back Obama's economic plan. But he also puts the focus back on a struggling economy – uncertain terrain for Obama.
Ahead of the GOP convention next week, former GOP presidential contender Ron Paul and Republican National Committee (on behalf of Mitt Romney) are near a deal over whose delegates will get seated from the states of Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Todd Akin has not dropped out of the US Senate race in Missouri after his 'legitimate rape' comment. Missouri's rightward tilt gives him hope this fall, but not too much, experts say.
Last October, country singer Hank Williams Jr. made a comparison between President Obama and Hitler. Last week, at the Iowa State Fair, he reportedly said that the president is Muslim.