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Republicans due to nominate Romney today as presidential runner

Ron Paul rally draws 11,000 fans.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has accused his rival President Barack Obama of running a campaign built on “anger and divisiveness”, the BBC informs.  Romney said the Democratic campaign had hit a “new low” by trying to link him to controversial views on rape recently voiced by another Republican. The Obama camp has accused Mr Romney of extreme positions on social issues. The Republicans are due to nominate today Romney as their candidate in November’s presidential elections. The party has been forced to delay by a day – until today – the start of its national convention in the Florida city of Tampa because of the approaching Tropical Storm Isaac. “I would suggest that that’s a campaign of anger and divisiveness,” Mr Romney said, referring to Mr Obama’s campaign in Sunday’s interview with US TV channel Fox News.GOP officials already canceled Monday’s planned first day of the convention because of Isaac. The now three-day convention starting today will still feature all of the major scheduled speeches, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told CNN Sunday.A new national survey illustrates the challenge Romney faces. While the CNN/ORC International indicates a dead heat between Romney and President Barack Obama, new numbers released Sunday show that likely voters believe Obama is more in touch with their needs.According to the poll, 53% of likely voters say Obama cares about the needs of people, with 39% feeling the same way about the former Massachusetts governor. Obama leads by an equal margin when it comes to being in touch with the middle class, and six in 10 say Obama is in touch with the problems facing women today, with just over three in 10 feeling the same way about Romney.Romney has a 48%-44% margin over Obama on managing the government effectively and a 6-point advantage on having a clear plan for fixing the nation’s problems. Both are within the survey’s margin of error.The candidates were statistically even on the economy, with Romney’s 50%-46% advantage within the survey’s margin of error, and Romney holds a 10-point advantage on handling the federal deficit. High emotionsSome 11,000 people gathered in the University of South Florida Sun Dome to see the speech of Senator Ron Paul, which hit on all of Paul’s favorites themes: ending the federal reserve, ending the war on drugs and a foreign policy of non-intervention, USNews.com informs.Paul, who is a member of the Republican party but holds Libertarian views, has been an irritation to the GOP as he has continually added delegates to the convention despite having stopped pursuing the nomination months ago. Earlier this week, the Romney campaign told Paul he could speak at the convention – so long as he endorsed Romney and got his speech vetted by the campaign. Paul politely declined, saying he didn’t “fully” endorse Romney.On Sunday, Paul joked about not speaking at the convention, and did the speech his own way: as a family affair.

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