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Republican Party's Martinez: won't be "attack dog"
Reuters ^ | 11-14-06 | Tabassum Zakaria

Posted on 11/14/2006 7:57:36 PM PST by STARWISE

Sen. Mel Martinez, who will become the new general chairman of the Republican Party after it lost control of Congress, said on Tuesday he would not be an "attack dog" in the 2008 White House race.

President Bush gave Martinez his blessing at a meeting in the Oval Office, calling the Cuban-born senator an American success story.

"He's going to be an excellent spokesman for the Republican Party," Bush said. "He'll be a person who'll be able to carry our message as we go into an important year in 2008."

Martinez will keep his U.S. Senate seat representing Florida and be the voice of the Republican Party going into the presidential election campaign season.

The day-to-day operations will be run by Mike Duncan, who will be chairman. Both have to be formally elected by the Republican National Committee in January.

Martinez said the contest should be about "a battle of ideas" and not partisanship. He said there was an agreement not to show preferences for any candidate in the 2008 presidential campaign before the party's nominee was chosen, allowing the field to sort itself out.

"One of the things that I made clear as I discussed this job role with the president is I was not going to be an attack dog, and I don't intend to, and I wasn't asked to be one," he told reporters at the White House.

"It's not an easy time for our party. It's time for us to come together and pick ourselves up and look to the future and be the party of hope and opportunity that we've been in the past," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.com ...


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To reiterate for those in Rio Linda, he won't be running the RNC, Mike Duncan will be the chairman.
1 posted on 11/14/2006 7:57:45 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE

when we win - we don't attack
when we lose - we don't attack

when do we attack?


2 posted on 11/14/2006 7:59:20 PM PST by oceanview
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To: oceanview

Yeah we need a Melba Toast Dog not an Attack dog!


3 posted on 11/14/2006 8:00:29 PM PST by samadams2000 (Somebody important make....THE CALL!)
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To: oceanview

That's why we're called the stupid party.


4 posted on 11/14/2006 8:02:17 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: oceanview
A dean scream moment is necessary?

What I did like about Mehlman and Rove is there adherence to base politics and numbers crunching, 3 out of 4 electoral victories came from there strategy.

Martinez is a very eloquent public speaker, I hope he has the nuts and bolts experience that is needed for the job.
5 posted on 11/14/2006 8:06:28 PM PST by padre35 (We are surrounded, that simplifies our problem Chesty Puller)
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To: jwalsh07

This is beyond stupid. This is back to the future, where the GOP accepted being the minority party in the Legislature.


6 posted on 11/14/2006 8:06:43 PM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: padre35

Reagan won two landslides.

he wasn't an "attack dog" - but he clearly defined who the liberals were, what they wanted, etc. I don't want mindless attacks, but every good political strategy has some negative component regarding the opposition. and it can't start 3 weeks before the election, it has to be a continuous theme.


7 posted on 11/14/2006 8:11:00 PM PST by oceanview
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To: STARWISE

I don't live in Rio Linda...but, until I saw the clip of President Bush, Martinez and Jo Ann Davis today..I DIDN'T know that he was just going to be the "official" chairman...but not be responsible for the work...

But, I HOPE that Duncan is an "attack dog"...because someone needs to show some kink of enthusiasm or anger or something...but, blah isn't going to win the White House and Congress in 2 years.

Also...he said that the party made a mistake about immigration...but, he didn't say in what way...hmmmmmm


8 posted on 11/14/2006 8:11:29 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: All

The GOP use to have awesome ads online. Most of the best ones in 2004 came from YouTubers and the GOP distanced itself from them and even banned the best ones it had.

A shame


9 posted on 11/14/2006 8:11:43 PM PST by MaineVoter2002 (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: STARWISE

Does anyone else feel like this is 1996, and we're running Bob Dole again?


10 posted on 11/14/2006 8:12:09 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (good fences make good neighbors!)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

No, in fact, ol' Bob in retrospect had much more on the ball in 1996 than the 2006 gang has!


11 posted on 11/14/2006 8:14:16 PM PST by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

I miss Newt Gingrich. I want him back!


12 posted on 11/14/2006 8:14:26 PM PST by adgirl
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To: STARWISE

What is all this attack stuff. I want the RNC to fight back with force. It is known as sticking up for yourself and your party. Getting a spine. Not being a door mat. Etc., etc., etc..


13 posted on 11/14/2006 8:15:07 PM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: Txsleuth

Apparently, the spokesman going into the '08 election .. and "the face."


14 posted on 11/14/2006 8:15:14 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

When, exactly, did the GOP get neutered?


15 posted on 11/14/2006 8:15:54 PM PST by alicewonders
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To: adgirl

So do I!!


16 posted on 11/14/2006 8:16:10 PM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: adgirl

Me, too.


17 posted on 11/14/2006 8:17:37 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (good fences make good neighbors!)
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To: alicewonders
When, exactly, did the GOP get neutered?

Reagan left office in January of 1989. Then Mr. Kinder Gentler America was sworn in.

18 posted on 11/14/2006 8:18:35 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Mike Pence for House Minority Leader and John Shadegg for Whip)
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To: All

Newt is RIGHT!

http://www.newt.org/multimedia/default.asp?mi=324


19 posted on 11/14/2006 8:18:45 PM PST by MaineVoter2002 (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: oceanview
To be honest Reagan's first win had help from John Anderson's ultra liberal campaign that siphoned votes from Carter.

Reagan still would have won, just not quite by as large a margin.

We will see if Mel Martinez is ready for primetime soon enough. I do like him though, he is always positive.

The Mehlman Rove team was very very good at nuts and bolts, Duncan should be the same.
20 posted on 11/14/2006 8:19:59 PM PST by padre35 (We are surrounded, that simplifies our problem Chesty Puller)
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To: Dustbunny
What is all this attack stuff. I want the RNC to fight back with force. It is known as sticking up for yourself and your party. Getting a spine. Not being a door mat. Etc., etc., etc..

EXACTLY. Why did they sit back & let the MSM frame the debate? Why did they sit back & let the MSM put them on the defensive - instead of being on the offensive from the git-go? Were we the party in power - or not?

I play chess with my 10 year old nephew & he plays a lot better than these losers.

21 posted on 11/14/2006 8:20:03 PM PST by alicewonders
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To: STARWISE

Then he's the WRONG man - AGAIN!!

Who makes these lousy choices???? The Bush bunch????


22 posted on 11/14/2006 8:20:21 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: oceanview

When we do attack we get demonized as Newt was.


23 posted on 11/14/2006 8:21:25 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: oceanview
Reagan hammered the Democrats in almost every speech he gave, but as you say, he did it with facts, not emotions.
24 posted on 11/14/2006 8:21:47 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Txsleuth

Martinez is a token hispanic, not an attack dog.


25 posted on 11/14/2006 8:23:13 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: RobbyS
When we do attack we get demonized as Newt was.

Guess what? When we DON'T attack - we STILL get demonized.

26 posted on 11/14/2006 8:23:19 PM PST by alicewonders
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To: RobbyS

we get demonized by the MSM anyway - who cares.

what has the "new tone" gotten Bush? nothing. zero. he goes into press conferences and meetings last week, making "nice" to Pelosi/Reid/Durbin - they hate his guts, doesn't he realize that?


27 posted on 11/14/2006 8:24:26 PM PST by oceanview
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To: STARWISE

I think I know why...but, I am going to not say anymore.

I hope that we don't NEED Martinez to get us the win...there should be enough angst among the conservatives by then...after watching 2 years of impeachment hearings...and the dems throwing their power around...to have them RUNNING to the voting booth to vote Republican.


28 posted on 11/14/2006 8:24:57 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Moonman62

Oh, and he was the "great communitcator" and had such rosy cheeks, too.


29 posted on 11/14/2006 8:27:03 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: STARWISE

Martinez sees himself as a hero of Latin causes. A uniter.

Bush does, too.

Big mistake. Latins of various countries hate latins,

Puerto Ricans hate Dominicans.

Cubans hate Puerto Ricans.

They all hate Mexicans, except Jamaicans.

Latins are amazingly against other latins.

And Martinez is a fool.


30 posted on 11/14/2006 8:27:18 PM PST by MonroeDNA (Libertarians are more conservative than pubbies. Strictest interpretation of the constitution,)
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To: MonroeDNA

Attacking our own .. before they're even on the job?


31 posted on 11/14/2006 8:28:39 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE; All

Why bother, some people won't listen....


32 posted on 11/14/2006 8:28:48 PM PST by KevinDavis (Nancy you ignorant Slut!!!!!)
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To: oceanview

The only reason President Bush was making nice with the dems last week....was so when the pulled what they have already started pulling in the Senate...

HE can come back and show with video and words that HE was the one that gave them the rope that they use to hang themselves....LOL


33 posted on 11/14/2006 8:29:31 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: MaineVoter2002

God forbid we run a decent humorous attack ad. Pass the milk toast and Bob Dole please.


34 posted on 11/14/2006 8:29:35 PM PST by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: oceanview

"There you go again...."

Classic


35 posted on 11/14/2006 8:29:42 PM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: NeoCaveman
Reagan left office in January of 1989. Then Mr. Kinder Gentler America was sworn in.

And Kindler Gentler begat Compassionate Conservative
36 posted on 11/14/2006 8:30:50 PM PST by uncbob
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To: STARWISE

***He said there was an agreement not to show preferences for any candidate in the 2008 presidential campaign before the party's nominee was chosen, allowing the field to sort itself out.***

If Martinez sticks to this...

...and the RNC/Bush doesn't throw support behind any candidate in the primary

...and they allow the field to sort itself out

then I can support Martinez's nomination. Though I am disappointed that it can't be someone who is more experienced in what the job calls for.


37 posted on 11/14/2006 8:31:35 PM PST by kuma (Mark Sanford '08 http://www.petitiononline.com/msan2008/petition.html)
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To: Txsleuth

yes, we think that works.

but the truth is - Bush had an opportunity last week, the media was focused on what he had to say - covering the press conferences, the meetings. the sheeple were listening - and instead of dishing up some realities about the new Dem majority, he legitimized them, he handed them Rumsfeld head on a stick. in january, when the Dems start dismanting CIA interrogations and NSA wiretaps - that will get ZERO media attention.


38 posted on 11/14/2006 8:34:15 PM PST by oceanview
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To: MaineVoter2002
Can't disagree with you. Newt has got the Vision and Experience to get the job done. I would rather have him.
39 posted on 11/14/2006 8:35:26 PM PST by kuma (Mark Sanford '08 http://www.petitiononline.com/msan2008/petition.html)
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To: Txsleuth

I HOPE that Duncan is an "attack dog


LOL!! I am trying to find the thread with info on him and pic. He is worse than Martinez.
Meaning, both are not the kind to go toe to toe with the dem head. These guys show up on Meet the Press, and other talking head programs also interviews.
They may be nice guys but not the type we need for that position.


40 posted on 11/14/2006 8:36:55 PM PST by SoCalPol (We Need A Border Fence Now)
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To: kuma

Ronald Reagan CPAC Speech - A MUST read!

March 1, 1975

http://www.conservative.org/pressroom/reagan/reagan1975.asp


41 posted on 11/14/2006 8:38:42 PM PST by MaineVoter2002 (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: MaineVoter2002

I read the first few paragraphs so far and I could swear Reagan is talking about the 2006 elections.

Appears two smart men, Reagan and Gingrich, are not easily fooled when Dems triangulate.

Sad to see here on FR, so many people still don't understand that Hillary and the conservative dems are shooting to the right to cut us off at the pass.

Thanks for the link. =)


42 posted on 11/14/2006 8:44:54 PM PST by kuma (Mark Sanford '08 http://www.petitiononline.com/msan2008/petition.html)
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To: oceanview
when we win - we don't attack
when we lose - we don't attack

when do we attack?

What is this attack of which you speak? "Ar Tribe" does not know this.

43 posted on 11/14/2006 8:45:55 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: oceanview

Well..I don't know.

The dems are in power now...if the MSM don't write about them..and their foibles...what will they write about?..LOL

Seriesly, Brit's show on Fox News has made a big deal about Murtha's past, re: ABSCAM...and even Sissy Chrissy had on 2 dems last night, fighting over Hoyer and Murtha...

Re: Rummy...I don't know why no one wants to believe that it truly may have been HIS choice..and with the inevitable hearings and investigations coming up...he might not have wanted the hassle of fighting off the dems and the terrorists at the same time.

I am thinking that the military is who will be running the show...and so President Bush will rely on Peter Pace and the others more now.

BUT, I am not happy about Gates from what I have read...this is one of Bush's nominees I want to see get the 3rd degree in his confirmation hearing.


44 posted on 11/14/2006 8:46:55 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: oceanview

Never, we're compassionate conservatives, don't you know that?
;)


45 posted on 11/14/2006 8:48:26 PM PST by kalee
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To: STARWISE
Hey maybe we can get Scott back as WH Press Secretary while we're at it...
46 posted on 11/14/2006 8:51:02 PM PST by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: oceanview
"when do we attack?"

We never get to attack in their leaders. Our leaders are charged with doing that. And they suck.

You and I can attack though. For examples:

When hiring a service provider and he/she is a lefty tell them "no sale" and tell them why.

Certainly do not spent holidays with liberal family and divest yourself of liberal friends. Again tell them why. Tell them you find their values and character repulsive.

Don't debate or educate. You can't debate a liar any more than you can negotiate with someone who wants to kill you.

It's not fun that's why bad guys are bad guys.
Even so.. keep smiling.


47 posted on 11/14/2006 8:53:22 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ValerieUSA; Fred Nerks; Fedora; TexKat; Seadog Bytes

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand.


48 posted on 11/14/2006 8:53:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Monday, November 13, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kalee
Re: compassionate conservatives

As a strong supporter of going into Iraq to fight the terrorists I cant ignore the comparisons between the way we ran the 2006 campaign and the way Washington DC is fighting in Iraq. I hope it's just a coincidence.
49 posted on 11/14/2006 8:53:56 PM PST by MaineVoter2002 (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: STARWISE

and so it goes and so it goes ...


50 posted on 11/14/2006 9:08:03 PM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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