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Topic - John Ryder
Once again attempting to achieve the impossible for a single party in a two-party system, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus did his best at the RNC's summer meeting here to show respect for the many competing strains of thought in his party.
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.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared to be making progress at a gathering of key party officials in Scottsdale, Ariz., winning public expressions of support from some formerly skeptical state party chairmen and elected members of the Republican National Committee.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared to be making progress at a gathering of key party officials here, winning expressions of support from some formerly skeptical state party chairmen and elected members of the Republican National Committee.
It's over, and Mitt Romney is going to be the GOP nominee for president. That's the growing consensus among Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the party's national convention this summer and can support any candidate they choose.
A sneak attack at the convention, the plan that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are counting on to win the Republican presidential nomination, is far-fetched in the eyes of state party officials who say that Mitt Romney will be nominated even if he goes into the convention with only a plurality of delegates.
A move to change the way America elects its president got a clear thumbs down in a vote by members of the Republican National Committee on Friday.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour startled Republican officials from around the country with a blunt admonition Wednesday: Raise enough money to carry your state for the GOP in 2012 — or get out of the way and let someone else lead.
Top GOP officials fear the White House could slip through their fingers next year unless a new Republican National Committee chairman of integrity and managerial competence emerges as the victor in Friday's elections.
Embattled Republican Party Chairman Michael S. Steele announced Monday that he will run for a second two-year term next month, setting up a pitched battle for control of the party as it seeks to build on the big gains it made in November's midterm elections.
Top Republican Party officials said Thursday that they have been kept in the dark about hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in Tampa, Fla., by a committee temporarily headed by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele, a committee at the heart of new questions about Mr. Steele's tenure.
Mr. Ryder, an RNC member from Tennessee, said the ban was part of the effort, taking shape behind the scenes for more than a year, to end what the GOP regards as the practice by CNN and NBC (as well as the other major networks) of fielding debate moderators who ask what the RNC considers as silly "gotcha" questions that play to a liberal audience.
"The networks can exercise their freedom of speech; the RNC can exercise its freedom of association — or disassociation," Mr. Ryder said of the ban, adding that "Boston was not the destination, but the start of the journey" on the pathway to the GOP taking control of its own presidential primary process.