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Steele is no-show at RNC hopefuls' forum--Criticism muted as four focus on party finances
The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2010 | Ralph Z. Hallow

Posted on 12/01/2010 7:47:04 PM PST by jazusamo

The Republican elephant in the room wasn't in the room, but a group of contenders were already promising big changes Wednesday if they win the race to replace embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele next month.

Mr. Steele chose to skip the first forum of candidates for the RNC chairman's post, which did attract two declared candidates and two others considering entering the race. The absence of the incumbent, who has faced heavy internal criticism during his tenure as party chairman, led to some speculation he might not seek a second two-year term.

"I don't know if it's a signal that Chairman Steele doesn't plan to seek re-election in January," Texas RNC member Bill Croker told The Washington Times. "You would think that if he did, he would have agreed to appear with the others."

Party conservatives said they scored one major victory already, as the four candidates at the forum said they would support a rule change to require failed GOP primary candidates who run as independents or third-party candidates to return all contributions made to them by the RNC and other GOP contributors.

If approved by the full RNC at its January meeting in Washington, the requirement would go into effect immediately.

The RNC had earlier voted for a similar resolution, but it would not take effect until the GOP presidential nominating convention in Tampa, Fla., in August 2012.

"If any one of these four candidates here today gets elected national chairman in January, it will be pretty hard to violate the pledge they made today," Arizona RNC member Bruce Ash said.

The candidates avoided direct attacks on Mr. Steele, but made clear allusions to the RNC's disappointing financial position despite the party's...


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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: noshow; rnc; rncforum; steele

1 posted on 12/01/2010 7:47:08 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

It would be good to see a video or transcript of the event. Not sure what to make of the candidates’ brief quotations.


2 posted on 12/01/2010 7:56:47 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Gene Eric

It was online today via FreedomWorks, I believe, so there probably will be a replay


3 posted on 12/01/2010 8:06:27 PM PST by goodnesswins (You deciding how to spend your health care $, thatÂ’s freedom. Govt deciding, thats a death panel)
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To: goodnesswins

Thanks.


4 posted on 12/01/2010 8:10:14 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: jazusamo

I don’t suppose that there’s any chance that he’ll just go away?


5 posted on 12/01/2010 8:28:43 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: rockrr

We can hope!


6 posted on 12/01/2010 8:47:05 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Steele has been a waste—an incompetent figurehead and an ineffective leader.

The GOP needs a new figurehead—one who will take the fight to the Dems as if the future of the country depends on it.

Because it does.


7 posted on 12/01/2010 8:51:13 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82
The GOP needs a new figurehead—one who will take the fight to the Dems as if the future of the country depends on it.

Agreed.

Palin is extremely well suited for this position.

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8 posted on 12/01/2010 9:39:41 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64

She is SO President No. 45!

Thanks for the pictures.


9 posted on 12/02/2010 5:54:32 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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