Skip to comments.Republican Party's Martinez: won't be "attack dog"
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.
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when we win - we don't attack
when we lose - we don't attack
when do we attack?
Yeah we need a Melba Toast Dog not an Attack dog!
That's why we're called the stupid party.
This is beyond stupid. This is back to the future, where the GOP accepted being the minority party in the Legislature.
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.
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
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.
Does anyone else feel like this is 1996, and we're running Bob Dole again?
No, in fact, ol' Bob in retrospect had much more on the ball in 1996 than the 2006 gang has!
I miss Newt Gingrich. I want him back!
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..
Apparently, the spokesman going into the '08 election .. and "the face."
When, exactly, did the GOP get neutered?
So do I!!
Reagan left office in January of 1989. Then Mr. Kinder Gentler America was sworn in.
Newt is RIGHT!
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.
Then he's the WRONG man - AGAIN!!
Who makes these lousy choices???? The Bush bunch????
When we do attack we get demonized as Newt was.
Martinez is a token hispanic, not an attack dog.
Guess what? When we DON'T attack - we STILL get demonized.
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?
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.
Oh, and he was the "great communitcator" and had such rosy cheeks, too.
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.
Attacking our own .. before they're even on the job?
Why bother, some people won't listen....
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
God forbid we run a decent humorous attack ad. Pass the milk toast and Bob Dole please.
"There you go again...."
***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.
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.
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.
Ronald Reagan CPAC Speech - A MUST read!
March 1, 1975
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. =)
What is this attack of which you speak? "Ar Tribe" does not know this.
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.
Never, we're compassionate conservatives, don't you know that?
I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand.
and so it goes and so it goes ...