(CNN) - The man spearheading campaign efforts for congressional Republicans has some advice for embattled legislators locked in tough races: stay away from the GOP convention.
In a Thursday conference call with lawmakers and campaign strategists, National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Cole argued candidates should steer clear of the party’s summer convention in Minneapolis, calling it a “waste of time” in a tough year when every day on the campaign trail counts.
According to a report in The Hill, the Oklahoma congressman urged Republican lawmakers to feel free to criticize the party – including prospective future colleagues, citing dismal congressional approval ratings. “These ratings are worse than we had on the eve of losing the majority,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to say you are disappointed in fellow Republicans… don’t hesitate to be anti-Washington, D.C.’”
Several GOP senators have already announced their plans to skip the Republican National Convention, including Maine Senator Susan Collins and North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole, who had a prime-team speaking role at the last RNC.
Latest Gallup Poll (and Gallup does call cell phones!):
Obama = 45%
McCain = 44%
Read it and weep, Obamabots!
GOP... Greedy Old Politics
OBAMA (2008 -16)
Obama is the best alternative to this whole mess with the republicans..
O come on now repubs, stand tall and take it like a man. You guys got us in this mess in the first place, and now all you want to do is tuck tail and run, bunch of pansies! I think it's actually pretty sad that the repubs have sunk so low that they have to issue statements like this......happy trails!
OBAMA 2008 +2012
This is funny!
At the Demo-Convention Obama may have over 80,000 people plus leaders and the Republicans are asked not to show up for theirs(:
Almost 500,000 jobs have been lost this year...
Obama may get some of those "white voters" who say they won't vote for a black man!
Don't forget John McCain doesnt speak for Jonh McCain!!
Some good people in the Republican party, but most are corrupt losers and cowards.
Hey why didn't Alex Mooney write this one, he could have written his usual pro-Republican distortions and somehow blame Obama and the Democrats.
Ahhh...the "sinking ship" syndrome sets in. but answer one question...how does one run away from one's self???
all of america will be avoiding the rep nat conv.
I dont dont blame thenm they dont wanna be over shadowed and embarrsed not only to be linked to Bush and Cheney but to have to follow up 4 days after the DNC and the raw emotion that will pour out of that and then people will see the dry dull RNC and they dont wanna be linked to that you forgot to mention the senator out here running for re-election Gordon Smith hes not gonna be there either. Nor his the man whos runnuing for Governor in my home state whos flat refusing to even use the Republican name instead going with the GOP candiate.
As a former Republican, I can certainly understand the RNC sentiment. The party unfortunately turned out to be just the opposite of what I had always been taught; however, I learned an important lesson to pay attention. It made my support of Obama that much clearer in this election.
We dont TAX, we just borrow and let the next guy pay the tab.
Yeah, cancel it and stay home. We don't want to hear more George Bush rhetoric anyway.
OMG, I'm dying to hear one more speech from that great American president, George W. Bush–NOT.
Republicans here is a better idea: leave this country and take Bush and his cronies with you and by the way drag McSame along the way.
Them staying away is not going to help anything. The damage has been done for some time now and many of the American people are waking up to a dose of reality that GOP ran administrations are not in the best interest of the little guy. Sooooooooooooooooooo WHY ARE SO MANY STILL VOTING FOR MCLame??
One more thing to avoid: PLAYING THE RACE CARD. Get a clue from the Clintons. En bon entendeur!
LOL The rats are deserting the sinking ship! Really shows the Republican version of loyalty: when the going gets tough, the tough are no shows at their party convention. If John McCain even knows how to read blog entries I’m sure he will find this most amusing. He might even give us that morbid cadaverous smile of his. Note to John: stop smiling, you’re frightening the children.
LETS TAKE AMERICA BACK PEOPLE LOOK WHAT BUSH HAS DONE AND MCCAIN HELPED HIM FOR 7 YEARS VOTING WITH HIM 95 PERCENT OF THE TIME!!! WHAT MAKES ANYONE THINK MCCAIN WILL BE DIFFERENT AS PRESIDENT HE WONT HE WILL CONTINUE DOING THE JOB FOR BUSH WHY DO YOU THINK BUSH ENDORSED HIM AND HELPED HIM TO BECOME THE GOP NOMONIEE THINK ABOUT IT FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Stay away because we're TOXIC!"
OMG! Maybe they DO get it!
Where is that strong John McCain leadership?
If John McCain is sooo good for the country, why are his colleagues staying away from him?
If John McCain know how to protest this country so well, where are his supporters?
Maybe John McCain is as unqualified as sooo many people have been saying all along.
This is great my fellow American Republicans.....You are going to lose the White House and many Congressional seats because you are out of touch with a presidential candidate whose record indicates that he has voted 95% of the time with the Bush Administration policies. Others in you party have done the same, especially members of Congress who have voted and supported these policies. The bottom line results and real issues are: More foreclosures that have led to a recessionary economy; More record profits for the Oil Companies-more than any corporation in the history of our country in a recession; 51,000 jobs lost in July, 2008; "No Child Left Behind"-more dropouts in 5 years than Clinton had in 8 years; job eliminations; more corporate and individual bankruptcies; banks closed; problems with Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac that had to be corrected and propped up with TAX MONEY; more jobs outsourced; etc. etc. etc.
"If you want to be elected or re-elected as a Republican, avoid being seen in public with other Republicans. That's as good as it gets."
A house dividing against itself shall lose in November.
The Real Issue is the Republicans need to keep campaigning and spending that money because seats will be lost along with the biggest seat in the White House. Your party has supported policies that have failed most Americans.....foreclosures-jobs-bank closings-more high school dropouts-more corporate bankruptcies-corporations losing money etc...........