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GOP To Shorten Presidential Nominating Season; Keep NH As ‘First In Nation’
CBS BOSTON ^ | 24 JANUARY 2014 | AP

Posted on 01/24/2014 4:01:50 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders overwhelmingly voted Friday to shorten their presidential selection process in an attempt to minimize damage from GOP candidates attacking each other.

“This is a historic day for our party,” RNC chairman Reince Preibus declared.

He said the changes would not allow Republicans to “slice and dice” each other for six months or participate in “a circus of debates.” Republican candidates participated in 27 debates for the 2012 nomination.

Iowa and New Hampshire will retain their coveted spots atop the presidential primary calendar, and South Carolina and Nevada also secured top spots, as they have in the past, as part of a larger plan that could significantly reshape the 2016 presidential election.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: goprules; rncrules

1 posted on 01/24/2014 4:01:50 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Last acts of a doomed party. Go ahead and ram through your failure candidates.


2 posted on 01/24/2014 4:03:16 PM PST by catbertz
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I don’t like the sounds of it.


3 posted on 01/24/2014 4:03:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

How many elections are decided by who gets New Hampshire’s electoral votes?

Lead it off in Texas, Florida, or California.


4 posted on 01/24/2014 4:07:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; GeronL; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Will any of the debates be moderated by anyone who is not a Democrat this time???


5 posted on 01/24/2014 4:08:41 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: catbertz

It will perhaps refrain every egotistical conservative wannabe from pretending to run for President.

By failing to unite around a candidate early, a contender, real contender, conservatives allowed flyweights to disrupt the selection of a strong candidate.


6 posted on 01/24/2014 4:09:48 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

Are you kidding? We conservatives are supposed to embrace debates. We don’t march in lockstep with an anointed candidate.


7 posted on 01/24/2014 4:11:47 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: a fool in paradise

I think we need 5 ten state primary dates.

On each date 2 southern, 2 northern, 2 eastern, 2 western states, and 2 central states would vote. The states would be chosen by lottery for each election.


8 posted on 01/24/2014 4:12:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

When was the last time the Texas Republican primary vote actually mattered? It seems every 4 years its all but decided by the time we vote. I really don’t want Iowa and New Hampshire’s leftovers.

They need to scrap these early blue state primaries and allow some solid red states to vote.


9 posted on 01/24/2014 4:14:25 PM PST by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: a fool in paradise

Good question


10 posted on 01/24/2014 4:15:27 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Endless debates moderated by journ-0-lists is a sure loser.

I’d suggest 3 or 4 total moderated by somebody like John Stossel.


11 posted on 01/24/2014 4:17:13 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The process you deem as debate was viewed as more of a high toned squabble that divided rather than united. The ‘12 campaign was a conservative disaster that ended up nominating Romney

On Free Republic, the process was so heated, all was lost. Personal animosities pretty much fragmented and destroyed any possibility of unity. Traces exist still


12 posted on 01/24/2014 4:19:38 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: catbertz

Exactly what they are doing.


13 posted on 01/24/2014 4:29:17 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Iowa, SC, NH and NV can have their primaries in Feb..

Every other state has to wait until after March 1st...

Florida wants to be in Feb too but if they do the eGOP plans to punish them again...

also the convention might be in June instead of Aug..

again so po lil Willard or other RINOs favored by the eGOP wont get fairly beaten by any Conservatives..


14 posted on 01/24/2014 4:29:26 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: a fool in paradise

Soviet Russia had elections too.


15 posted on 01/24/2014 4:29:56 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The Insane Clown Posse known as the GOP drives directly into the abyss.


16 posted on 01/24/2014 4:30:10 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: a fool in paradise

I agree w/ you about leading off w/ big states. No offense to those in Iowa or NH...but at some point, it would be nice if a Western state had some actual input in the nominating process.

Tired of being irrelevant to the process.

Keep getting these candidates I do not want to vote FOR. I’ve had to vote ‘against’ for so long...not sure how I would feel if someone was nominated that I could be excited about voting for.


17 posted on 01/24/2014 4:32:17 PM PST by conservaKate (R got it wrong in 2012. We must get it right in 2014 & 2016.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
GOP To Shorten Presidential Nominating Season

Ska-rew that GOP, just get rid of open primaries and let Mark Steyn moderate the debates.

18 posted on 01/24/2014 4:33:34 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: a fool in paradise
>>>Lead it off in Texas, Florida, or California.

The problem with leading off with a large state, is it may come down to who has the most money as of December 2015. In a state that large, you can't knock on everyone's door and running ads in multiple markets within a state is very expensive. The opportunity for someone not well known to win would be limited.
19 posted on 01/24/2014 4:33:59 PM PST by oincobx
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Lots of folks already talking about 2016.

We’re on the ground in Iowa, preparing the battlefield for uncompromising conservatism.

http://www.tomhoefling.com/


20 posted on 01/24/2014 4:34:06 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

STOP OPEN PRIMARIES!!!!!!


21 posted on 01/25/2014 3:39:16 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I suspect the GOP establishment thinks this will help them get their RINO in - their boy Mitt won 3 of the 4 early states. However, look at the stats - Rand Paul’s father won Iowa and NH has some strong libertarian leanings. I’m beginning to think Rand Paul can win this. He wouldn’t be my first choice, but at least he’s not Mitt Romney or John McCain. IF the winds were blowing Rand Paul in my state, I’d support him over someone I’d prefer but who had less chance of winning and I think a lot of other conservatives would too.


22 posted on 01/25/2014 4:26:01 AM PST by old and tired
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