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Highlights From Tuesday’s National Journal Events

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Aug. 28, 2012, 8:49 a.m.

To open the second day of the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Con­ven­tion, Na­tion­al Journ­al held a Daily Brief­ing event, “The Elec­tion in Num­bers: A Con­ver­sa­tion With Lead­ing Poll­sters.” First to speak was Ron Kauf­man, seni­or ad­viser with the Rom­ney cam­paign. Things got heated as Kauf­man dis­cussed why Mitt Rom­ney is the per­fect tea party can­did­ate and wheth­er Rom­ney’s at­tack ads were fair and true.

The ses­sion closed with poll­sters Kel­ly­anne Con­way and Whit Ayres. The pan­el dis­cussed the biggest demo­graph­ic chal­lenges fa­cing each pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee.

At lunch, prom­in­ent politi­cians weighed in dur­ing “Path to Power.” The pan­el fea­tured Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ar­iz., Rep. Jason Chaf­fetz, R-Utah, and Glenn Hub­bard, a Rom­ney for Pres­id­ent eco­nom­ic ad­viser and the dean of the Columbia Busi­ness School. The group dis­cussed the spe­cif­ics of Rom­ney’s tax-re­form plan and how the can­did­ate might work with a Re­pub­lic­an-ma­jor­ity Sen­ate.

The day wrapped up with a two-part “Com­pare the Can­did­ates” pan­el. Dr. Lan­hee Chen, Rom­ney for Pres­id­ent policy dir­ect­or, dis­cussed where Rom­ney stands on Medi­care, ex­ec­ut­ive au­thor­ity, the Dream Act, and China. Then, CNN polit­ic­al cor­res­pond­ent Candy Crow­ley and Wash­ing­ton Ex­am­iner Chief Polit­ic­al Cor­res­pond­ent Byron York covered both can­did­ates’ re­la­tion­ship to im­port­ant voter groups.

(See event high­lights from Monday)

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