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Tuesday
Jul102012

RNC Chair Heads to Iowa to Push Message Where Obama's Campaigning

Alex Wong/Getty Images(CEDAR FALLS, Iowa) -- President Obama is going to have some company Tuesday in Iowa, and it’s not a welcome guest.  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is also heading to Cedar Falls to push his message while the president is campaigning there.

Both Republicans and Democrats have been going back and forth bracketing opposing events, but it’s never escalated to this level where the chairman of the GOP is following the president to the same town where he is stumping.  But those hoping for a parking lot tete-a-tete will be disappointed: Priebus’ event is close by, but two hours earlier.

So what exactly is Priebus flying to Cedar Rapids for?  The RNC is unveiling a new message push and website called ObamanomicsOutsourced.com -- a detailed country-by-country account that they say shows the president shipped jobs overseas instead of keeping them here.

The new Republican messaging is happening just days after the issue of outsourcing became the focus of the campaign, but with the Democrats pointing to Romney as the outsourcer.

A Washington Post article from earlier this month reported that Romney’s private equity firm, Bain Capital, invested in companies that helped firms move jobs to other countries.  The paper’s reporting was almost immediately highlighted in Obama ads.

The Romney campaign cried foul, calling the ad misleading and noted that independent fact-checkers concluded Romney had no direct role in shipping jobs overseas.  The Obama campaign stood by its ads, even writing a six-page letter to Factcheck.org challenging the check, which called the ads “thinly supported.”

But, now the Republicans are turning the tables on their opponent.

“President Obama has promised over and over that he would focus on creating ‘jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced’ but his record speaks otherwise,” Priebus said in a statement.  “Through his ‘stimulus’ program billions of dollars from hard-working taxpayers were sent overseas.  The Outsourcer-In-Chief is going around the country touting his ‘jobs record,’ but the only positive record he has is creating jobs in faraway places like Finland and South Korea.  He has resorted to vicious distortions of Gov. Romney’s private sector business experience because he’s trying to distract from his own record of sending American dollars to fund diesel engines in Thailand and build wind turbines in Italy.”

Many of these claims, though, have already been debunked.  An ad from the GOP super PAC Americans for Prosperity from April claims Obama sent $2.3 billion in tax credits overseas to fund green energy jobs in Mexico, Finland, and China.  The independent fact check group Politifact gave the ad a “pants on fire” and “mostly false” ratings.

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Friday
Jan142011

Michael Steele Bows Out, Reince Priebus Wins RNC Chairmanship

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a roller coaster of an election, Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus seized the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee on Friday, defeating the incumbent party chairman and four other high-profile contenders.

Priebus steadily grew his support over seven rounds of balloting, finally clinching the chairmanship with 97 votes – 54 more than second-place finisher Saul Anuzis. Long-time Republican operative Maria Cino finished in third place with 28 votes.

“We have to get on track,” Priebus said. “Together we can defeat Barack Obama in 2012 -- together unified as a committee.”

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele ended a tumultuous two-year chairmanship of the committee on Friday when he withdrew from the race and threw his support behind long-time Republican operative Maria Cino.

"I will step aside because I think the party is ready for something different," Steele said.

Steele received two standing ovations during his brief remarks. "And now I exit stage right," he said.

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Monday
Jan032011

Michael Steele Defends Stormy RNC Chairmanship: ‘My Record Stands for Itself’

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Michael Steele offered a forceful defense of his two years at the helm of the Republican National Committee on Monday, focusing on his party’s success in the 2010 midterm elections while promising to do “better” if committee members elect him to another term.

"My record stands for itself,” Steele said. “We won.”

Steele shared a debate stage with four other candidates vying for the chairmanship, including one of his former confidants, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin GOP and until recently, the RNC’s general counsel.

Priebus has emerged as a leading contender for Steele’s job and at the forum, organized by Americans for Tax Reform, The Daily Caller, and the Susan B. Anthony List, the Wisconsin Republican pledged to be an “absolute workhorse” for the party.

Most of the candidates avoided taking direct aim at Steele, but rather leveled cautious criticism about the state of the party. They all emphasized the importance of being the party’s fundraiser-in-chief if elected, especially since whoever wins will inherit an RNC saddled with millions in debt.

But questions about Steele’s management of the committee loomed large over the 90-minute debate held at the National Press Club in Washington, and at one point Steele was forced to defend his shift away from the RNC’s traditional 72-hour voter turnout operation.

“We may have done it differently, but we found other ways to get resources,” he said, adding, “The idea that we didn’t fully fund it is really kind of a misnomer, ‘cause we did.”

When the five candidates were not weighing in on the internal dynamics of the RNC, they were fielding questions on a variety of social and political issues. All five, for example, agreed that the national party should stay out of primary fights in the states.

Steele, who has fewer public pledges of support from RNC committee members than Priebus, said if re-elected he would work to promote “strong, independent and engaged state parties.”

The 168 members of the RNC will vote for a new chairman on Jan. 14 at the party’s winter meeting in Washington.

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Monday
Dec132010

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Announces Re-Election Bid

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced on Monday that he will run for another term as head of the RNC, setting up what is sure to be one of the toughest fights of his political career.

Steele broke his public silence after more than a month, confirming in a conference call with members of the RNC that he would be seeking re-election after a tumultuous two-year term. He kept his intentions a closely guarded secret, and his decision to jump in the race surprised some Republican Party insiders who speculated that he would step aside.

"I'm asking you tonight for your support, I'm asking for your vote for a second term," Steele said on the call.

Steele’s decision sets up a battle with at least five other candidates who are vying to replace him, including two contenders who recently left RNC positions.

The challengers include Saul Anuzis, the former chairman of the Michigan GOP; Ann Wagner, former head of the Missouri Republican Party; Reince Priebus, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party and the RNC’s former general counsel; Maria Cino, a veteran of the Bush administration and a long-time GOP operative; and Gentry Collins, the RNC’s former political director. Steele’s predecessor, former RNC chief Mike Duncan, is also considering a run.

All candidates have roughly one month to campaign for the job. The vote of 168 committee members will take place at the RNC’s winter meeting in mid-January.

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