August 2012 Current Events: U.S. News

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here are the key events in United States news for the month of August 2012.

  • Six People Are Killed in Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting (Aug. 5): Wade Michael Page, age 40, opens fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people and wounding three others. Police shoot and kill Page, an Army veteran who had ties to the white supremacist movement.

  • Romney Chooses Ryan as His Running Mate (Aug. 11): Mitt Romney introduces Wisconsin Representative Paul D. Ryan as his presidential running mate during an appearance in Norfolk, Virginia. The announcement immediately energizes Romney's campaign, which raises $1.2 million dollars in just four hours after the announcement. When introducing Ryan, Romney says, "Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party. He understands the fiscal challenges facing America."

  • Bad Weather Delays the Republican National Convention (Aug. 28): Due to Hurricane Isaac, major events at the Republican National Convention begin a day late. Held in Tampa, Florida, convention highlights include a keynote speech from Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and a personal address from Ann Romney who assured female voters that they can trust her husband. In her speech, she says, "This man will not fail. This man will not let us down. This man will lift up America." Mitt Romney is nominated as the Republican Party's choice for the 45th president of the United States.

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