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Lamar Alexander Stepping Down from GOP Leadership Post

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced Tuesday that he is leaving his leadership post among Republicans in the senate.

Alexander will step down in January as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference – the third ranking Republican in the Senate. He said he does plan to run for reelection to the Senate in 2014, but will not seek another leadership post.

A former presidential candidate and governor from Tennessee, Alexander has at times broken with the rest of the Republican leadership. He endorsed a proposal from the bipartisan “gang of six” for instance, which would have raised taxes as well as cut spending.

But Tuesday Alexander argued that while he is leaving his leadership post, he is not leaving his party, referring to himself as a very “Republican Republican.”

Alexander argued against those that say the Senate is now more fractious and divisive than it has been in the past. He said that those who say that have no sense of American political history.

Alexander’s exit from the Republican leadership opens up a few slots for new blood in the leadership.
Sen. John Thune, R-SD., announced, almost immediately, that he will run for Alexander’s post.

Thune currently has the 4th post as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.

Shortly after, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., announced that he will run to replace Thune’s position as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, should Thune move up as expected into the #3 spot.

It is also possible that a Tea Party Republican allied with South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint could seek a leadership position, potentially the fourth-ranking Republican Policy Committee chairmanship.

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Sen. Thune's GOP Address: 'Obama Experiment Has Failed'

Photo Courtesy - Thune dot Senate dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- Senator John Thune, R-S.D., Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, Friday emphasized to Americans that the Republican Party is ready to "take this country in a different direction."

In the weekly GOP address, Senator Thune said that "the Obama Experiment has failed," pointing to a nearly 10 percent unemployment rate and rising health care premiums after "the president and his Democrat allies in Congress pushed through their $814 billion stimulus bill," he said.

"One of the Democrats' main responsibilities over the past to years was to improve the economy.  Instead, they decided to try and experiment to grow government, raise taxes and take over health care.  After two years, the American people are left asking, 'Why have the Democrats' priorities been so different from ours?'"  Thune said.

Thune also expressed that in the two years that Democrats have controlled the White House and Congress, they have spent too much time "passing more burdensome regulations, like their so-called Financial Reform bill that failed to address the main cause of our economic mess."

President Obama said Friday in his weekly radio address that repealing the Financial Reform Bill would be a "terrible mistake."

Thune concluded his address on behalf of the Republican Party saying that "a new direction is needed" and that "republicans want to reverse the dangerous course the Democrats have us on."

Just a little more than a week before Election Day, Thune said, "The choice could not be more clear.  Democrats are driving more of the same failed policies they have pushed for the past two years.  Republicans are proposing to take this country in a different direction. ... So I would like to suggest a simple question people should ask themselves to help cut through all the talk:  Are you better off today than you were two years ago?"

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