He's more comfortable attacking Republicans than making the case for another Democrat. Unlike in 2008, that may not be enough.
Here's what countless North Carolinians see when driving down the freeway that runs alongside the Uptown neighborhood in Charlotte.
The most vocal defenders of civil liberties are operating outside the Democratic Party, whose insiders censured Bush and moved on.
The Democrats say they're throwing the most open and accessible convention in history. A critical report from the scene.
Before getting swept up in Romney-Ryan mania, scrutinize their promises. Even if kept, they won't balance the budget.
This is likely to be the biggest campaign speech of his career that won't focus largely on biography.
That's how Jeb Bush summed up his brother's legacy at the Republican National Convention. But it isn't so.
Comparing Mitt Romney's RNC speech to what the last Republican president with a successful foreign-policy record said
A survey of what's being worn on the floor of the Republican National Convention.
Police ought to be at major marches to keep order. But a presence as overwhelming as in Tampa, even far from the convention, has a chilling effect.
The GOP's 2008 nominee harkens back to Bush-era foreign policy with no acknowledgement or awareness of its failures.
Under pressure to show loyalty to his party and to critique its heresies against libertarianism, he does a lot of the former, not much of the latter.
The advocacy group GOProud says its Tuesday event was the largest ever gay gathering at a Republican convention.
The New Jersey governor spoke as if the Republican ticket isn't appealing to the selfish interests of seniors who want their entitlements.
Like their counterparts in the Democratic Party, they deserve better than the politicians who represent them, and should be more discerning.
Having demonstrated regularly since the 1960s, he says Tampa police are behaving responsibly so far.
Even as tornadoes threaten Tampa, Republican National Convention attendees walked blocks under open skies to comply with security.
At a defining civic event, the establishment is insulated by an army of police officers from protesters camping unseen on a far away corner.
A rare reminder that human decency doesn't completely disappear during election years.
On an empty lot where Occupy protesters are camping, a man takes a makeshift stage and performs for all assembled.