August 27, 2012 National political conventions don't offer the same impact as they did in the past, but that's no reason to ignore this year's festivities. This week's Political Junkie column lists five memorable conventions of the past.
Who will be Romney's VP? The naming of his running mate is likely going to come in mid-August, after his foreign trip and the conclusion of the Olympics.
Ken Rudin collection
July 23, 2012 We may be three weeks away from learning Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate. Until then, here is a historical look at all the VP picks in the last half century, and which ones were considered a plus — or a minus.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/156944961/157076057" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Romney pumped his own gas at a stop on his bus tour.
December 22, 2011 As his bus tour continued, Mitt Romney won an endorsement from former President George H.W. Bush. He pumped his own gas and talked about buying a horse. Also, he spoke French.
Members of arguably the world's smallest, most powerful club, Jan. 9, 2009.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP
December 6, 2010 Kennedy still gets the highest approval ratings and Clinton and Bush the elder's ratings have risen by 8 percentage points. Jimmy Carter's approval rating fell by 9 percentage points, however, between 2006 and the recent survey.
September 21, 2010 Grudges and slights have always been held in American political history. But Jimmy Carter's grudge against Ted Kennedy for fighting him on health care continues to this day, 30 years later.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor