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Chris Gentilviso   |   September 6, 2012    9:38 AM ET

Four years after accepting the nomination to be President Barack Obama's running mate, Vice President Joe Biden is ready for another go-round.

Biden's 2012 Democratic National Convention speech is set for Thursday, with his remarks coming right before Obama takes the podium. At a Sunday campaign stop in York, Pa., the vice president previewed his pitch for the Democratic ticket deserving another four years.

"This is no time to turn back," Biden told the crowd. "We have to continue to move forward. Folks, I am absolutely certain – there's not a single doubt in my mind -- that we are on the way to rebuilding this country stronger than it was before."

In our latest Spotify The Election playlist, HuffPost Politics takes a look back at some of Biden's greatest hits since that day. Spotify users: Open your app, scroll through our slideshow, click on the song tracks and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users: Get set up here for free.

Did we miss a moment or song for Biden? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com. Send us a tweet @HuffPostPol and @Spotify with the hashtag #SpotifyTheElection. Share your song and playlist ideas with our HuffPost Politics and Spotify Facebook accounts. And as always, let us know in the comments what you think. To see all of our politicians' greatest hits, click here.


Spotify The Election: Politics, Music United As One

Chris Gentilviso   |   August 28, 2012    8:55 AM ET

It's time for our elected officials to face the music.

With Congress' approval rating at an all-time low, most Americans are seeing little to smile about in Washington. Let's change that.

As we enter the stretch run of our 2012 Elections coverage, I am pleased to introduce "Spotify the Election" -- a new partnership between HuffPost Politics and Spotify. We're teaming up to unite music and politics, curating playlists for the moments that make us cringe, chuckle, and cast votes for the candidates of our choice.

Bookmark our "Spotify the Election" map hub to keep pace with all the songs tied to your states. Roll over the red (strong/leans Romney), blue (strong/leans Obama), or yellow (tossup) area of your choice. On the far right, depending on where your mouse is in America, you'll have access to one of our three latest "Spotify the Election" playlists. Once you've found the music that's to your liking, click on the song tracks either from the play buttons next to the map or from your Spotify app, and let the music do the rest.

Looking for the news behind the music? Click on any state to find the story that put us in the mood to sing (say, Mitt Romney choosing Paul Ryan as his VP pick), with a little Rihanna to capture the mood.

This is where we need you. If you see a piece of news involving any Democrat, Republican, Independent, or Ralph-Nader impostor, and the perfect song pops into your mind, email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com. Send us a tweet @HuffPostPol and @Spotify with the hashtag #SpotifyTheElection. Share your song and playlist ideas with our HuffPost Politics and Spotify Facebook accounts. And as always, let us know in the comments what you think.

For those of you who don't watch every ad or won't be crunching poll numbers come November, "Spotify the Election" is an opportunity to put your personal fingerprints on the campaign. Think of this as saying goodbye to super PACs and hello to 2Pac.

Chris Gentilviso   |   August 28, 2012    8:41 AM ET

As the GOP prepares for day one of the 2012 Republican Convention, it was not that long ago when President Barack Obama was in Mitt Romney's shoes.

Exactly four years ago Tuesday, Obama took the stage in Denver for his 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. Standing before an estimated 84,000 folks at INVESCO Field at Mile High, the then-Illinois senator entitled his address "The American Promise."

"It is that promise that has always set this country apart - that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well," Obama said. "That's why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty two years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women - students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive."

With that, HuffPost Politics is rewinding to some of Obama's more memorable moments during his first term in office, pairing those pieces with some fitting songs on Spotify. Spotify users: Open your app, scroll through our slideshow, click on the song tracks and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users: Get set up here for free.

Did we miss a moment or song for Obama? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com, let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet @HuffPostPol.

Spotify The Election: Politics, Music United As One

Chris Gentilviso   |   August 27, 2012    6:00 PM ET

Welcome to HuffPost Politics' "Spotify the Election" map hub. We're teaming up to unite music and politics in 2012, curating playlists for the moments that make us cringe, chuckle and cast votes for the candidates of our choice.

Here's how our map works. Spotify users: Open your app, and roll over the red (strong / leans Romney), blue (strong / leans Obama) or yellow (tossup) state of your choice. On the far right, depending on where your mouse is in America, you'll have access to one of our three latest "Spotify the Election" playlists.

Once you've found the music that's to your liking, click on the song tracks from either the play buttons next to the map or your Spotify app, and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users, what are you waiting for? Get set up here for free.

Looking for the news behind the music? Click on any state to find the story that put us in the mood to sing. To view all of our "Spotify the Election" playlists, click here.

Chris Gentilviso   |   August 21, 2012    5:47 PM ET

After months of battling Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, Rick Santorum is set to lend his former rival a helping hand.

Back on Aug. 6, Santorum was added as a 2012 Republican National Convention speaker. The former presidential hopeful joined a list that includes Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, among others.

Less than a week away from the festivities in Tampa, Fla., HuffPost Politics has lined up some of Santorum's greatest words from the 2012 campaign, fusing them with music for our latest Spotify 2012 playlist.

Spotify users: Open your app, scroll through our slideshow, click on the song tracks and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users: Get set up here for free.

Do you have a good song in mind for Santorum? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com, let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet @HuffPostPol.

Chris Gentilviso   |   August 14, 2012    6:08 PM ET

After more than a year of rumors surrounding a possible presidential run or vice presidential nod, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) role at the 2012 Republican National Convention has been determined.

Christie was named keynote speaker for the event on Tuesday. He is already prepping a speech that will "try to tell some very direct and hard truths" to the American people, USA Today reports.

Back in October 2011, Christie ended speculation that he would be running for president, vowing that "now is not my time." He made it known that he was open to a spot as Mitt Romney's vice president, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) ended up being the selection.

With two weeks left until the convention, HuffPost Politics has compiled some of Christie's greatest hits over the past year, matching them with some songs that fit the mood of each moment.

Spotify users: Open your app, scroll through our slideshow, click on the song tracks and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users: Get set up here for free.

Did we miss a moment or song for Christie? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com, let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet @HuffPostPol.

Chris Gentilviso   |   August 13, 2012    3:58 PM ET

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney's average Saturday turned into an emotional roller coaster.

The duo officially tied the presidential-ticket knot in Norfolk, Virginia, setting the stage for 12-plus weeks of campaigning for the White House.

In the process, both men were not shy about letting their emotions show. HuffPost Politics compiled ten of the most touching moments from Romney and Ryan's first weekend on the trail, pairing them with some fitting tunes.

Spotify users: Open your app, scroll through our slideshow, click on the song tracks and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users: Get set up here for free.

Did we miss a moment or song for Romney and Ryan? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com, let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet @HuffPostPol.

Chris Gentilviso   |   June 19, 2012    4:38 PM ET

Can't you smell that smell?

Two months away from the 2012 Republican National Convention, the event's music lineup is coming to fruition. Politico Influence reported on Monday that Lynyrd Skynyrd will kick off the four-day festivities with an Aug. 26 performance. Trace Adkins (Aug. 28) and Kid Rock (Aug. 29) have also been confirmed.

Back in March, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made a memorable run through the Deep South. On the trail in Alabama, he characterized himself as "kinda" being a politician, likened himself and a crowd of supporters to a "can of sardines," and let the world know that he was getting plenty of hugs from Southern girls.

Now that Southern rock is set to be a fixture in Tampa, Fla., HuffPost Politics has compiled a lineup of 10 Romney campaign moments where Lynyrd Skynyrd should have been in attendance.

What song or band do you think is most fitting for the Republican National Convention? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com, let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet @HuffPostPol.

Chris Gentilviso   |   June 12, 2012    3:35 PM ET

Nearly five months after former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) announced she was leaving Congress, residents of Arizona's 8th congressional district headed to the polls on Tuesday to choose a replacement.

A little more than a year after being wounded in a gruesome shooting at a Tucson, Ariz. market, Giffords decided to step down to focus on her recovery.

She has been active in the special election campaign, devoting her efforts to helping former aide Ron Barber (D) in his race against Republican Jesse Kelly. Barber was injured in the same shooting, undergoing six months of therapy before returning to office last July.

As Arizonans make their choice, HuffPost Politics rewinds to some of the former congresswoman's more moving moments, pairing those scenes with our Gabrielle Giffords tribute playlist on Spotify.

Spotify users: Open your app, scroll through our slideshow, click on the song tracks and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users: Get set up here for free.

Did we miss a moment or song for Giffords? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com, let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet @HuffPostPol.


Chris Gentilviso   |   June 5, 2012   10:50 PM ET

Close, but no cigar.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) survived Tuesday's recall election, defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) in a rematch of the 2010 governor's race.

As the historic event came to a close, HuffPost Politics paired key moments from the past two years with a list of fitting tunes to recap Wisconsin's wild ride.

Spotify users: Open your app, scroll through our slideshow, click on the song tracks and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users: Get set up here for free.

What song would you play to sum up the Wisconsin recall election? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com, let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet @HuffPostPol.

Chris Gentilviso   |   May 30, 2012    5:24 PM ET

We thought the issue had been put to bed.

Back in April 2011, President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate. For more than a year, Donald Trump has thought otherwise, reviving his birther doubts this week.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he wanted to cross-check Obama's birth certificate with his college records. From his epic rant in a phone interview on CNBC, to his battle on live television with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the real estate mogul's birther fire burns strong.

With that in mind, HuffPost Politics has compiled the most memorable Trump birther moments, summed up in verse on Spotify. Here's how it works. Spotify users: Open your app, scroll through our slideshow, click on the song tracks and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users: Get set up here for free.

Do you have a Trump moment and/or song in mind to add to this list? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com, let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet @HuffPostPol.

Chris Gentilviso   |   May 29, 2012   12:48 PM ET

Over the course of the 2012 campaign, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has given us plenty of material to work with. From his words on firing people, to his lack of concern for the very poor, the hits just keep on coming.

With that in mind, HuffPost Politics is teaming up with Spotify to DJ the greatest moments from Romney's campaign. Here's how it works. Spotify users: Open your app, scroll through our slideshow, click on the song tracks and let the music do the rest. Non-Spotify users: Get set up here for free.

Do you have a Romney moment and/or song in mind to add to this list? Email us at politicsplaylists@huffingtonpost.com, let us know in the comments section, or send us a tweet @HuffPostPol.