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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Steve Scheffler
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell stormed the national stage in 2009 as symbols of the GOP's anti-Obama momentum, but with both now under federal investigation, Republicans' unity is shattered and strategists and fellow officeholders struggle to contain the damage.
Even as House Republicans in Washington were voting to postpone a showdown with President Obama on raising the federal debt limit, members of the Republican National Committee meeting here Wednesday displayed a determination to point the party in a new policy direction and urged GOP lawmakers to take a much tougher line.
For all the focus on front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, many Iowa Republicans say Texas Rep. Ron Paul is the one to watch in the state's presidential nomination caucuses Jan. 3.
"However, I am open to looking at alternatives such as regional events, if they can produce the same results," Mr. Scheffler said.