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Topic - A.J. Spiker
An Open letter to President Obama from A.J. Spiker and David Fischer Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa.
In a highly unusual move, Iowa's two top Republican party officials are publicly urging President Obama not to go ahead with plans to bomb Syria.
Republican National Committee members failed to reach a compromise over rules changes pushed by the party’s grass-roots activists, defeating on a 28-25 vote a proposed amendment that would return more decision-making power to the state Republican parties.
"Change," long the mantra of Barack Obama and the Democrats, is now clearly the watchword for Republicans such as Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan.
Ron Paul has given up on becoming president, but loyal supporters are promising to promote the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman's principles at the Republican national convention this summer, a potential complication for Mitt Romney's goal of a peaceful coronation.
Mitt Romney displayed a newfound ability to connect with fellow Republicans at the Republican National Committee three-day gathering here, although his campaign team still managed to find a way to annoy a few prominent party insiders.
A.J. Spiker, the state GOP chairman, shrugs off the criticism and says Republicans will be fine.
"I don't have much faith in government anyway, but I am still surprised at the level of disaster that [Obamacare] is," Mr. Spiker said. "With 5 million people losing their health insurance, I think Obamacare come next year will still be a major issue. I think it does help us against Bruce Braley. Bruce Braley was one of the last people pushing and speaking for it in the House before its passage. So he owns it."