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  • McCain, Palin to campaign together in Arizona

    03/15/2010 8:25:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 211 replies · 3,423+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-03-15
    PHOENIX (AP) — John McCain and Sarah Palin are scheduled to campaign together in Arizona next week for the first time since they conceded the presidential election in Phoenix in 2008. Palin and McCain will be at a rally and picnic in Tucson on March 26, followed the next day by a rally in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.
  • Mitt again, Romney re-emerges for likely WH bid (he is still pushing Romneycare!)

    02/22/2010 12:14:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 818+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-02-22 | Glen Johnson
    BOSTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is stepping back into the public spotlight after spending two years behind the scenes laying the groundwork for a second presidential campaign. (snip) Romney has shifted from social issues that brought accusations of flip-flopping and undermined his 2008 White House bid. With unemployment hovering around 10 percent, his new focus is on economic themes and fix-it skills he claims as a former businessman. That plays to what some observers believe would be his strength in a second race. They could also distinguish him from potential rivals such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin,...
  • RINO FREE AMERICA NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW TO RETIRE JOHN MCCAIN

    02/19/2010 12:11:30 PM PST · by MestaMachine · 151 replies · 2,694+ views
    FREE REPUBLIC RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT | February 19, 2010 | MestaMachine
    When we conceived the RINO FREE AMERICA PROJECT ON FREE REPUBLIC, we envisioned Conservative activism that would send RINOs packing and replacing them with true Conservatives worthy of our support. NOW we need your help to defeat the biggest RINO of all. Many of us here on Free Republic have been cheering JD Hayworth on because John McCain is possibly the worst, (and most powerful,) RINO serving in the Senate today and he simply MUST be defeated lest he betray us again as he has so many times throughout his less than stellar tenure. While "the force" might be...
  • McCain says GOP will lay out 10-point election platform

    02/16/2010 8:27:09 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 71 replies · 1,076+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-02-16 | Michael O'Brien
    Senate Republicans will lay out a 10-point election year agenda later this spring, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested Tuesday. McCain said that the GOP would craft a list of 10 legislative pledges which they would seek to enact within the first 60 days of taking back control of Congress, if they were to do so in this fall's elections. "We Republicans have to provide -- and we will later this spring -- a positive vision with what we want to do for the country," McCain said during an interview on KFYI radio in Arizona.
  • Tough GOP poll puts McCain over Hayworth by 20 points (McCainiacs push poll to smear Hayworth)

    12/14/2009 4:43:18 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 71 replies · 2,524+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2009-12-14
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  • McCain Recruiting Pragmatists, Moderates to Remake GOP [Manchurian McCain has been activated]

    10/02/2009 12:11:16 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 120 replies · 3,354+ views
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is taking the opposite route of most defeated presidential candidates: rather than quickly bow out of national politics, McCain is working to become a transformative force in the Republican Party, Politico reported Friday. Concerned about the GOP's direction, McCain has been recruiting and raising money for candidates who share his pragmatic center-right style. McCain has been a particularly generous advisor to Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who he encouraged to run for Senate and threw a $500,000 fundraiser to support.
  • GOP rebranding effort flames out [Romney, McCain, assorted RINOs fail miserably]

    08/10/2009 10:49:29 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 1,696+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-08-10 | Patrick O'Connor
    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) generated the kind of buzz other politicians covet when he launched his bid to help rebrand the Republican Party last spring. Television crews and reporters wedged themselves among the crowd of party faithful to cover the National Council for a New America's first event at a packed pizza parlor in an Arlington, Va., strip mall. The resulting coverage dominated cable news chatter for the next week. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney were also on board. But the council has since flamed out – at least publicly. Since its launch, the National Council hasn’t held a single...
  • Gingrich Calls For Inclusive GOP ["I am also happy that Colin Powell is a Republican"]

    06/09/2009 7:46:32 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 79 replies · 3,689+ views
    AP / CBS ^ | 2009-06-09
    Former House Speaker And Potential 2012 GOP Candidate Rallies Party Loyalists At Fundraiser In Washington. (AP) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday urged some 2,000 Republican party loyalists to stand up for GOP principles but to be inclusive as the party tries to retake the majority. “I am happy that Dick Cheney is a Republican,” Gingrich said at the annual Senate-House fundraising dinner. “I am also happy that Colin Powell is a Republican.” Cheney, the former vice president under President George W. Bush, and Powell, who was Bush's secretary of state, have feuded recently over the approach of the...
  • McClintock: The Eve of the American Reawakening [listen up Steele, McCain!]

    05/20/2009 6:14:22 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 48 replies · 1,284+ views
    tommcclintock.com ^ | May 19, 2009 | Tom McClintock
    Rep. McClintock gave the following speech to the Council for National Policy in Washington DC on May 16, 2009. Here, in the winter of our despair, I want to pause to take stock of the state of our nation on this date of May 16th. Voters have swept our party from office after a failed Republican administration that abandoned conservative principles. The most left-wing President in our nation’s history has taken office with a 66 percent approval rating and strong majorities in both houses. His agenda includes radical intervention into energy markets, highly inflationary monetary policy, a determination to dramatically...
  • Gingrich signs on to GOP re-branding effort [McCain-Romney NC4NA] [RINO Party]

    05/19/2009 2:40:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,092+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has signed on to the latest high-profile effort to re-brand the Republican Party — but don't expect to see him take a major leadership role for the National Council for a New America, or make a starring appearance at any of the events on the group's national tour. Organizers of the effort, spearheaded by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, originally told reporters that Gingrich had not been included in the newly-launched group because his 527, American Solutions, was a partisan entity. (The organization describes itself as a "tri-partisan" network.) Gingrich supporters dismissed...
  • SHOULD CONSERVATIVES FUMIGATE THE BIG TENT TO REMOVE LIBERALS?

    05/17/2009 11:48:59 AM PDT · by Moseley · 69 replies · 2,126+ views
    US News and Views, www.USNewsAndViews.com ^ | May 17, 2009 | Jonathon Moseley
    The Republican Party certainly does require a "Big Tent" -- the kind of tent we sometimes see covering a house infested with termites. Unless conservatives can rid the GOP of Democrats hiding out in their midst, the Republican Party can never recover. Liberals are sapping the GOP's strength from within. It now seems that a looming divorce within the GOP has grown inevitable. Unless the Republican Party returns to its conservative principles, a number of conservatives will go on strike. They feel it is no longer acceptable for conservatives to do most of the hard work of winning elections, while...
  • Hugh Hewitt Endorses RINO: Sacrificing Principles for a Win?

    05/15/2009 7:18:50 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 68 replies · 1,067+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | May 15 2009 | Rosanna Pulido
    Wednesday evening in the Chicagoland area Conservatives attended and event they thought would be an entertaining and informative. Three popular Conservative nationally recognized Talk show hosts were taking questions about Obama’s “First Hundred Days” in office. The Salem Broadcasting Corporation has been hosting a 12-city national tour. What they got was a shameless promotion of an Illinois RINO candidate courtesy of Hugh Hewitt. We’ll give Mr. Hewitt a break, maybe he was auditioning to be Mitt Romney’s spokes person for “National Council for a New America.” Hugh officially anointed Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) as the best candidate for the Illinois...
  • Cantor is criticized on new policy group [Kaine, Va. Rats attack Cantor, NC4NA]

    05/15/2009 11:12:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 526+ views
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 2009-05-16 | Tyler Whitley
    Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th, has come under fire from a watchdog group and Democrats for using taxpayer-funded staff to work on a new policy organization he has set up. A spokesman for Cantor said the House minority whip has done nothing wrong and that policy organizations are common in Congress. The complaints center around the National Council for a New America, which Cantor helped establish recently. It is designed to develop policy through a series of town-hall meetings. When it was announced, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said it would be bipartisan, but the initial...
  • GOP: Resurgence or R.I.P.?

    05/15/2009 5:08:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,137+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-05-15 | Ken Connor
    Contrary to popular reports by Democrats and members of the chattering class, the Republican Party is not dead — not yet. In the aftermath of the 2008 elections, however, the GOP is hemorrhaging badly. It is dazed and confused. It is moribund, but it is not dead yet. Whether the Party of Lincoln will recover remains to be seen. Its prognosis is, at best, guarded. Having had their heads handed to them in the last election, and finding it difficult to take on a popular president, Republicans are casting about trying to find a new direction. But news of their...
  • Mitt Romney: I'm Not Mocking Palin

    05/11/2009 11:42:33 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies · 2,081+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 2009-05-11 | Dan Weil
    Former – and perhaps future – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to make one thing clear, he’s not sniping at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, another likely presidential candidate. Earlier this month when Romney and Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., were interviewed on CNN, they were asked about radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and Palin’s inclusion in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. Romney quipped, “Was that the issue on the most beautiful people or the most influential people? I'm not sure. If it's the most beautiful, I understand. We're not real cute.” Some pundits took that...
  • Two Views of the Republican Party’s Future [McCain wants "inclusive party," praises NC4NA]

    05/10/2009 10:27:29 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies · 1,696+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2009-05-10
    The Republican Party is not an endangered species but can do a better job of outreach, recruiting candidates and getting the message out, Sen. John McCain said Sunday. In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” McCain responded to a question referring to a story in Time magazine, describing the party as “in distress.” “I probably would not go that length,” McCain said. “We all work in cycles for many years. We have seen parties down and parties up. That’s a great thing about American politics. “But having said that, do we have to do a better job of getting our...
  • What Republicans need is a mutiny (SoS for the GoP. Time to rock the Boat!)

    05/10/2009 9:23:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 1,777+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/10/09 | Richard Viguerie
    Two major debates face conservative Republicans about the future of the party. The first, rekindled by Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party, is whether the GOP should move furtherfurther leftward. The second is whether conservatives should tone down their advocacy on social issues. History is on the side of outspoken conservatives in both debates. To learn where to position themselves, some big-government GOP loyalists are going on so-called listening tours. The trouble is, skulking around the country on pandering tours isn't leadership. Politicians, lobbyists and campaign consultants who caused the problem cannot fix it. You can also rebrand...
  • Team of rivals: GOP base rips new group

    05/07/2009 3:37:24 PM PDT · by pissant · 103 replies · 1,778+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/7/09 | Andy Barr
    Social conservatives are blasting the National Council for a New America, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) nascent effort to rebrand the Republican Party, as a misguided and weak-kneed initiative that is out of touch with the GOP rank and file. The council, unveiled last week by Cantor and Sen. John McCain, is designed to be a “forward-looking, grass-roots caucus” that formulates policy prescriptions and communicates with voters in a way that could expand the Republican ranks. In announcing the formation of the group, McCain said he hoped the group would attract moderates and “like-minded Democrats” to a series of...
  • Palin definitely part of GOP effort

    05/07/2009 12:21:50 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 66 replies · 1,783+ views
    NBC ^ | 05-07-09 | Kelly O'Donnell and Domenico Montanaro
    Though it was reported three days ago that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would officially join the national Republican re-branding effort, the National Council for a New America, House GOP Whip Rep. Eric Cantor wanted to make it really official today. "I am pleased to announce that Governor Palin has joined the panel of experts," Cantor said. "When NCNA was announced last week, we spoke about a dynamic organization that worked to constantly bring in new people and innovative ideas. The launch of the National Council was just the first step in a growing effort to engage the American people in...
  • Band of centrists forming for Senate GOP in 2010

    05/07/2009 12:03:33 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 272 replies · 2,896+ views
    The Hill ^ | 05/06/09 | Aaron Blake and Reid Wilson
    For those writing Republican centrism’s obituary after Arlen Specter’s party switch, holster your quills. In fact, if the next few weeks go well for the GOP, it might pave the way for a whole new chapter in the left flank of the right-leaning party. The month of May will be huge, recruiting-wise, for Senate Republicans, with decisions expected from several big-name candidates, including Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.) and possibly Rep. Mike Castle (Del.). All would instantly be formidable — with Crist and Castle favored at the outset — and all are...
  • Meet the National Council for a New America - The Good News and the Bad

    05/06/2009 7:03:55 AM PDT · by PlainOleAmerican · 16 replies · 1,800+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 5, 2009 | JB Williams
    In an April 30, 2009 press release, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued a welcome statement announcing the formation of the National Council for a New America, which is reportedly a forward-looking, grassroots caucus intended to bring together Congressional leaders and the people, with a national panel of “experts.” That’s the good news! (snip) So, who are these “experts” that will lead the pro-American Right, back to its rightful place in national leadership? And, before we start talking about solutions, can we please properly define the problem?
  • Sarah Palin: the bear necessities

    05/05/2009 10:03:44 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 1,267+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | May 5, 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Sexy, Savvy & Real: Sarah Palin appears on TLC ... I know we have seen Sarah Palin's bear skin before, but I love this image of her, taken from a meeting with some celebrity bikers last week in her office. Note the way she casually leans on the dead beast (slain by her father). It encapsulates the love-or-loathe factor about the Alaska governor. Big city liberals will take one look at that bear head and grimace while Conservative hunter types will think 'way to go girl'. It seems many in the Republican Party's leadership are in the grimacing crowd, as...
  • GOP Tries to Dig Out of Its Hole

    05/05/2009 2:37:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies · 723+ views
    GOP Tries to Dig Out of Its Hole By GERALD F. SEIB If you're trying to figure how bad things are for Republicans, consider this: More Americans say they are conservatives than say they are part of the Republican Party -- which is supposed to be, after all, the party of conservatives. That picture emerges from deep inside the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The numbers there show the extent of the woes facing today's Republican Party -- woes that came into sharp relief last week with the defection of Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democrats. Yet the...
  • Rush Says Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney 'Despise' Sarah Palin

    05/05/2009 11:14:12 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 105 replies · 2,886+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 5.5.09 | David Knowles
    Conservative radio entertainer Rush Limbaugh has surveyed the Republican party's field of prospective candidates to retake the White House in 2012, and has, apparently, decided on a favorite with a familiar-sounding name: Sarah Palin.On his show, yesterday, Limbaugh tipped his hat to the Alaska governor, and probably left his former golden boy, Bobby Jindal, feeling a bit left out: Limbaugh defended Palin and heralded her as the "most prominent and articulate voice" for conservatism. Indeed, who can argue that Palin is prominent within GOP circles? But articulate? Did Rush miss Palin's recent performance before an Indiana pro-life group? But Rush...
  • Is Sarah Palin Snubbing GOP's New [RINO] Relaunch Effort?

    05/04/2009 12:26:17 PM PDT · by steve-b · 246 replies · 8,694+ views
    Who Runs Gov? ^ | 5/4/09 | Greg Sargent
    The GOP has launched a major new effort to remake the party and cast it as forward-looking and constructive, but one person may not be all that interested in participating: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Sources in the office of GOP Rep Eric Cantor, who's leading the new effort, tell me that Palin and her staff still have yet to respond to their invitation that she join their effort, which is called the National Council for a New America. No less a GOP luminary than John McCain confirmed last week that the group had reached out to Palin. The new GOP...
  • GOP Launches Democrat Lite Tour

    05/03/2009 11:43:48 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 27 replies · 2,263+ views
    http://www.stoptheaclu.com ^ | May 3, 2009 | http://www.stoptheaclu.com
    It’s supposed to be a listening tour to accompany their launch of the National Council for a New America. So, where do they launch it? With the party at its lowest standing in several decades, Republicans on Saturday launched a listening tour in the heart of the Democratic suburbs, where several of the party’s leading voices steered clear of hot-button issues and instead emphasized the need to advance new policy ideas to revive the party’s prospects. There’s a great idea. Let’s listen to Democrats. That should get the Conservative base involved! House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and former Republican governors...
  • Hatin' On the GOP, The National Council for a New America and YOU

    05/04/2009 6:25:49 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 15 replies · 683+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 5/04/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Yeah. I'm as mad at the GOP as you are -- then again I have been for a long time, not just lately. So, in the hope that something good could come of our losses, I listened in on Eric Cantor's conference call launching the National Council for a New America (NCNA) project and you all saw my immediate report. I patiently listened to Representative Eric Cantor and Senator John McCain and heard the vague overview, I took note of the names that were attached to the project, and I realized the import of the five basic issues that they...
  • Maybe They Don't Hate Her, Sarah Palin Joins GOP Listening Tour, May Meet Up With McCain

    05/04/2009 11:03:47 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 21 replies · 1,026+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 5/5/09 | Talkradio03
    From KTUU Alaska, Sarah Palin has joined the GOP listening tour with Romney and Cantor. Other cities are in the plans and Palin and McCain may be together at some point. Get ready for the media to have a hate fest just like they always do. Chris Matthews and everyone at MSDNC will be making fun of everything she says..Full Story Here
  • Palin Joining GOP Rebranding Group

    05/04/2009 10:27:57 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 497 replies · 14,477+ views
    Roll Call ^ | May 4, 2009 | Jackie Kucinich
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), the 2008 vice presidential nominee, will join a new Republican policy group aimed at reshaping and promoting the party brand. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.)announced Palin’s decision to join the National Council for a New America on Monday night. The group launched late last week and held its first town hall-style forum on Saturday in Virginia. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 presidential nominee, indicated during a conference call last week that his former running mate had been invited to join the policy panel. The group, which is made up of prominent Republican leaders,...
  • Palin To Be Part of National Council [Cantor's office confirms]

    05/04/2009 3:55:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 70 replies · 1,815+ views
    The Washington Post - The Fix ^ | 2009-05-04 | Chris Cilizza
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be part of the National Council for a New America, an attempt by leaders in Congress and potential 2012 presidential candidates to rebrand the struggling party. "I am pleased to announce that Governor Palin has joined the National Council for a New America's panel of experts," said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) today. "When NCNA was announced last week, we spoke about a dynamic organization that worked to constantly bring in new people and innovative ideas." . . . . . Palin's involvement in the group will help rebut the idea that the National...
  • Unlike Romney's "National Council for a New America," Free Republic is a conservative site!

    05/03/2009 12:32:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,448 replies · 35,299+ views
    I'm going to try one more time to explain what FR is all about. Free Republic is a conservative site. That does not necessarily mean it is a Republican site. In fact there may be many Republicans we don't support and some Republican issues we cannot agree with. I'll throw in Arlen Specter as a prime example of a Republican we cannot support. Should be obvious to all why not. Should also be just as obvious to all that we cannot support Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, John McCain and his lap dog Lindsay Graham, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, et al....
  • Romney keeps his name in the mix [for 2012] [cites RomneyCare as one of "the best ideas"]

    05/04/2009 2:31:39 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 114 replies · 5,930+ views
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney headlined congressional Republicans' big new policy conclave over the weekend, stressing the need to listen to real Americans, but also appearing to slap a potential rival for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. At the National Council for a New America's first "conversation" in Arlington, Va., Romney, who ran for the Republican nomination last year and has kept his name in the conversation for 2012, joined House Republican Whip Eric Cantor and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in presiding over the panel. "I’ve learned that when you sit in a position of responsibility as you do...
  • Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind

    05/04/2009 4:20:21 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 177 replies · 4,831+ views
    washingtontimes ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2009 | Joseph Curl
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it's time for the Republican Party to give up its "nostalgia" for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election. "You can't beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don't like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that," Mr. Bush said. The former president's brother, often mentioned as a potential candidate in 2012, said President Obama's message of hope and change during the 2008...
  • Some Republican leaders prefer not to discuss Sarah Palin [Romney "laughing and smiling"] [McCain]

    05/03/2009 8:34:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 120 replies · 4,057+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-05-03 | Jonathan Martin
    In the latest instance of a high-profile GOP member taking a passing swipe at the party's 2008 vice-presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney jokingly dismissed Sarah Palin’s inclusion on TIME’s list of influential people in an interview broadcast Sunday. He asked, was “the issue on the most beautiful people or the most influential people?” . . . . . Romney, who was appearing with House Minority Whip Eric Cantor as part of a party re-launch the two are organizing with other prominent Republicans under the banner of the National Council for a New America, was...
  • Hutchison joins GOP rebranding effort

    05/03/2009 5:51:03 PM PDT · by redk · 56 replies · 1,662+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/1/09 | Laura Isensee
    This week GOP leaders in Congress, including Texas' Sen. John Cornyn, launched a rebuilding effort this week, called the National Council for a New America. It's supposed be a grassroots conversation with citizens, including non-Republicans. Texas' senior Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison joined the effort Friday. "We as Republicans need to show the nation that we have better alternatives to Democratic proposals, and that we understand the very real challenges families are facing during these tough economic times," Hutchison said in a statement. Her joining also reaffirms her GOP credentials.
  • Romney, Cantor say market turmoil mostly to blame for 2008 loss

    05/03/2009 12:49:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 54 replies · 1,523+ views
    (CNN) – House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in an interview airing on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning that the GOP wasn't directly responsible for much of the party's electoral misfortune in 2008. "I frankly believe that much of what happened in the last election revolved around the fact that the economy fell apart at the time we were, if you will, holding the hot potato. Republicans and Democrats have been playing this game, passing the hot the potato, spending money like there was no tomorrow," Romney told John King. "And...
  • Jeb Bush to Help Rebuild GOP

    05/03/2009 1:05:44 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 136 replies · 3,342+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 5/02/09
    Republican political figures in recent days announced policy programs to challenge President Barack Obama's agenda and to counter perceptions that the GOP is a listless, leaderless "party of no." In doing so, they're highlighting their differences with the Republican National Committee's political strategy. House and Senate Republican lawmakers were the latest to launch a group independent of the RNC, announcing the formation of the National Council for a New America. The group comprises potential GOP presidential candidates who plan town hall-style meetings to promote ideas different from Obama's. Their aides and allies have been vexed by the lack of comprehensive...
  • Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind ("nostalgia" for the heyday of the Reagan era)

    05/03/2009 6:05:21 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 278 replies · 7,319+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/3/2009 | Joseph Curl
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it's time for the Republican Party to give up its "nostalgia" for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election. "You can't beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don't like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that," Mr. Bush said. The former president's brother, often mentioned as a potential candidate in 2012, said President Obama's message of hope and change during the 2008...
  • McCain, Kyl lead effort to revitalize GOP [as "the loyal opposition"]

    05/03/2009 8:44:44 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 52 replies · 1,390+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2009-05-03
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  • Cantor: 'We've got a lot to learn' from Obama

    05/03/2009 8:05:24 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 76 replies · 2,203+ views
    (CNN) — House Minority Whip Eric Cantor tells CNN's John King that the GOP still has a lot to learn from President Obama. "President Obama is a great communicator. We understand that," he said in an interview that aired on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. "He's also been very adept at adopting the technology of today to access the youth vote and the younger population of this country. That's the future, and I believe we've got a lot to learn. The Republican Party can't keep doing things the way it always has in terms of technology." Cantor, along with...
  • Official video: National Council for a New America (Barf Alert)

    05/03/2009 3:11:42 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 59 replies · 1,702+ views
    YouTube ^ | May 02, 2009 | Eric Cantor
    From the description: The NCNA will bring together citizens from across the country to begin a dialogue with the American people through a series of forums, town halls, and an online effort that will engage people in a discussion to meet our common challenges and build a stronger country through common-sense ideas. The NCNA will be a dynamic, forward-looking organization that will amplify the common-sense and wisdom of our fellow citizens through a grassroots dialogue with Republican leaders.
  • Socialist Myth Romney working to reshape GOP's image into Democrat Lite

    05/02/2009 6:52:12 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 181 replies · 4,423+ views
    NECN ^ | 05-02-09 | NECN: Washington, D.C.
    Former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush joined Congressman Eric Cantor to talk health care, the economy and national security at the first town hall meeting for the National Council for a New America on Saturday. But the group steered clear of abortion and same-sex marriage -- wedge issues that have led to the defection of moderates and independents. "Listening to people can make a difference. We've got ideas on how we can help people get health insurance, how we can improve our schools, how we can make our economy strong today as well as down the road, how we...
  • GOP set to launch rebranding effort

    04/29/2009 9:58:08 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 185 replies · 4,262+ views
    CNN ^ | April 29, 2009 | John King
    Coming soon to a battleground state near you: a new effort to revive the image of the Republican Party and to counter President Obama's characterization of Republicans as "the party of 'no.'" CNN has learned that the new initiative, called the National Council for a New America, will be announced Thursday. It will involve an outreach by an interesting mix of GOP officials... [John McCain and Jeb Bush]. In addition to Sen. McCain and Gov. Bush, GOP sources familiar with the plans tell CNN others involved in the new group's "National Panel Of Experts" will include: [Barbour, Jindal and Romney]...
  • Palin Likely to Be a Part of National Council [McCain-Romney gathering]

    04/30/2009 10:37:16 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 1,532+ views
    The Washington Post - The Fix ^ | 2009-04-30 | Chris Cillizza
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to play a role in the National Council for a New America, a new effort led by House and Senate Republican leaders designed to find ways to make the party more appealing to independent voters. "I understand that Governor Palin is hopefully going to be involved as well," said Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) during a conference call this morning announcing the group's formation. Meg Stapleton, a spokeswoman for the Alaska governor, did not immediately return an email seeking to confirm Palin's involvement. If she does respond, we'll update the post.
  • GOP's Big Names Try to Forge New Agenda

    04/30/2009 10:16:55 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 50 replies · 2,276+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 04-30-09 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    Looking to rebrand a struggling Republican Party, a group of party heavyweights including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) are launching a new group that will hold town halls around the country and look to produce GOP ideas on issues like education and health care. Republicans will announce today the creation of the "National Council for a New America," a group led by congressional party leaders that includes Bush, McCain, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as its "national panel of experts." A letter announcing the group's creation does not specifically say...
  • Cantor wants fresh start - 'We Can Do Better'

    04/23/2009 10:16:24 AM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 68 replies · 1,440+ views
    Politico ^ | 04/23/09 | Andy Barr
    House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said ahead of a meeting at the White House Thursday that Obama and Republicans ... ... on Capitol Hill have gotten off on the wrong foot. "The first 100 days have not been the best days for bipartisanship," Cantor said during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "We've got some very serious issues, and I do think now that we can come together," he said. "We can do better." Cantor added that he wants to tell the president later today that "we want to work with you."
  • McCain and Cantor tout new GOP policy group [to pander to Democrats]

    04/30/2009 9:37:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1,286+ views
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 2009-05-01 | Tyler Whitley
    Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-7th, has helped start an organization that he says will assist in developing policy to confront problems facing the U.S. In a conference call with reporters yesterday, Cantor said the National Council for a New America will solicit ideas across party boundaries from a wide spectrum of national leaders. The founding members are all Republicans, as are the 14 current House and Senate members. Cantor was joined on the call yesterday by Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, who is listed as one of the group's "national panel of experts." Cantor and McCain...
  • The National Council for a New America Launches – Conference Call Report

    04/30/2009 9:53:11 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 15 replies · 604+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 4/30/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    This morning I listened in on Eric Cantor's conference call concerning the launch of the National Council for a New America (NCNA) hosted by Congressman Cantor and Senator John McCain. One of the main points that the two men stressed is that this is "not a contract with America," but a "conversation" with her. The GOP leaders also stressed that this is an "inclusive" effort with which they want to hear from all manner of Americans adhering to a variety opinions on today's most pressing Issues. The two also said that this is not an attempt to "re-brand" the GOP....
  • Romney, Cantor, Jeb Bush stump for GOP revival [conservatives at event protest McCain, RINOs]

    05/02/2009 3:01:01 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies · 1,814+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-05-02 | Alexander Bolton
    (snip) On the subject of education, one attendee declared that “people learn more from listening to Rush Limbaugh than they do in high school or college.” And while the leaders said they're willing to embrace the thoughts of the concerned voters, a group of conservative activists who were protesting in the parking lot complained that they were not allowed through the doors. “We’re demonstrating against the fact that this organization set up by RINOs [Republicans in Name Only] have taken immigration off the agenda,” said Michael McLaughlin, a member of the American Council for Immigration Reform, a group seeking to...
  • Myth Romney working to reshape GOP's image into socialism [talks about health insurance]

    05/02/2009 2:29:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1,833+ views
    (NECN: Washington, D.C.) - Former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush joined Congressman Eric Cantor to talk health care, the economy and national security at the first town hall meeting for the National Council for a New America on Saturday. But the group steered clear of abortion and same-sex marriage -- wedge issues that have led to the defection of moderates and independents. "Listening to people can make a difference. We've got ideas on how we can help people get health insurance, how we can improve our schools, how we can make our economy strong today as well as down...