Newark Mayor @CoryBooker just signed a fundraising email for Emily's List. He references the GOP abortion news this week.
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 3:59:47 PM
"Life Is A Highway" playing as we're about 5 minutes out from the event beginning...
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:03:44 PM
Romey and Ryan are holding today's event at a family farm in Commerce, Michigan -- just a half hour from where Romney grew up in Bloomfield Hills
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 4:03:50 PM
The Romney/Ryan event is graced with a backdrop of a large "R" hanging from a huge barn.
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 4:05:09 PM
Interesting call-and-response now: "Are you ready to rock for" Crowd: "Romney!" "Are you ready to roll for" Crowd: "Romney!"
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:05:10 PM
Romney and Ryan last campaigned together last weekend in New Hampshire. They'll meet up again tomorrow in Ohio
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 4:05:25 PM
Candy Crowley's convention explainer...
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 4:06:39 PM
While we await Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, let's flashback to February and the Michigan primary: Romney won a tight one over Rick Santorum: www.cnn.com
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:07:58 PM
The latest polls in Michigan show a deadlocked race. An NBC/Marist survey at the end of July showed Romney slightly edged out by Obama, 43% to the president's 47%. The margin was within the poll's sampling error.
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:08:45 PM
Romney's bus is rolling up the farm....
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 4:08:57 PM
Of course, if you'd like to give Romney Michigan on your map, check out the CNN Electoral Map: www.cnn.com
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:09:21 PM
Mitt Romney, his wife Ann, and Paul Ryan all emerged from their campaign bus to cheers from the crowd
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 4:09:58 PM
A lot of "Veterans For Romney" signs in the crowd.
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:10:25 PM
Soundtrack for Romney and Ryan's entrance: Born Free by Kid Rock, the song played at nearly all of Romney's campaign events
Romneys and Ryan up front as they arrive by bus at Michigan event instagr.am
by Rachel Streitfeldvia twitter8/24/2012 4:10:51 PM
Paul Ryan greets Michigan audience with a Romney standby line: "What a welcome!"
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 4:11:31 PM
Nice to have Jim Acosta's great Instagram pictures immediately fed into the live blog. A worthwhile follow, especially as conventions begin. Also JohnKingCNN.
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:12:16 PM
Ryan, who hails from Wisconsin, tells the crowd in Michigan: "You got the sand, we got the rocks"
by Tim.McCaughan, CNN8/24/2012 4:13:21 PM
Looks like the Romney campaign has realized they needed to raise the stage or the camera platform (or both) as the camera shot of the candidates' faces isn't blocked by supporters campaign signs when they raise them above their heads to cheer, as has sometimes been the case previously.
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:13:48 PM
Ryan gives a shoutout to Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who's challenging two-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in the general election in November
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 4:14:12 PM
Paul Ryan is talking about President Obama. Earlier, he played some word association with reporters. Here's what he said to "transparency": politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com
by Steve Krakauer, CNN8/24/2012 4:15:50 PM
Paul Ryan has used the "guns and religion" line before, but has slightly different follow-up: "This Catholic deer hunter is guilty as charged and proud of it."
Ryan on Obama's clinging to religion and guns 08 gaffe: "This Catholic deer hunter is guilty as charged."
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:16:15 PM
Ryan hits at Obama for saying in 2008 that some people 'like to cling to their guns and their religion...' Ryan used that line against Obama earlier this week. Read more here politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com
by CNN's Kevin Liptak8/24/2012 4:18:37 PM
Romney and Ryan wearing strikingly similar shirts -- both are blue checks. Ryan's wearing jeans, though. Romney is in black pants.