November 24th, 2009
06:16 PM ET
4 years ago

RNC resolution won't 'handcuff' Steele, co-sponsor says

 RNC members have drafted what's being described as a 'purity' resolution.
RNC members have drafted what's being described as a 'purity' resolution.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - One of Republican National Committee members who helped draft resolution that would prevent moderate candidates from receiving party money said Tuesday that the measure is not intended to challenge to the leadership of Michael Steele, the RNC chairman.

"I think it's sufficiently broad so as not to handcuff him," Nebraska committeeman Pete Ricketts said of the so-called "purity" resolution, which first leaked to reporters Monday.

The resolution, sponsored by Indiana committee member Jim Bopp Jr., proposes a ten-point ideological platform for the Republican party and would require GOP candidates to adhere to at least eight of those points. If not, a candidate be prohibited from receiving financial assistance from the RNC.

Bopp told CNN Monday that the resolution will help Steele avoid criticism from the right-wing of the party. "This resolution will establish standards so that he won't feel obligated to support every Republican and not feel criticized," he said.

Ricketts said the resolution was sparked in large part by the contentious special election in New York's 23rd congressional district, in which a third party candidate, Doug Hoffman, entered the race as an conservative alternative to the moderate Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava. Conservative activists nationwide rallied to Hoffman's side, eventually driving Scozzafava from the race, which was ultimately won by Democrat Bill Owens.

"NY-23 crystallized for us some of the issues the Tea Party people had with Republican party," said Ricketts, one of the resolution's ten co-sponsors. "We felt like we needed to send a message that we are the party of conservative values. This resolution is one way to demonstrate that we mean what we say."

Ricketts disagreed with the suggestion that the measure is an attempt to purge moderate voices from the GOP.

"It's just the opposite," he told CNN. "What it says is that we are a broad party, that we understand people are not going to agree with us on every issue."

He said the resolution, which could be introduced at the RNC Winter Meeting in Hawaii come January, is still "a work in progress."


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soundoff (296 Responses)
  1. Bob Zmuda

    Sure, get rid of everybody with a brain or a mind of their own. Turn yourself into the small ridiculous party of scared religious people and leave the rest of us alone.

    November 24, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom

    Oh my goodness........ had I not read this just now, I would not have believed it!

    "Purity resolution" what has the GOP become the Fascist party? Purity was something that the Nazis wanted, fought for and demanded! The GOP is getting more and more frightening everyday.

    So, what they are saying is, any Moderate, anyone with middle-of-the-road beliefs is not welcomed!

    Looks like the Moderates, Independents will not have much choice any more in our Nation.

    Do the GOP know that ONLY 15% of Americans claim to be conservatives?

    November 24, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    WHAT Environmental fraud?????????????????

    Some GOPers need to learn how to spell "democrackpipe"!

    November 24, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Darryl Schmitz

    That's just wonderful. Thank you once again, former party of mine (and I ain't a Democrat, either).

    November 24, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Gonzo in Houston

    This is hysterical! You know the Democrats will be promoting this as an issue even if it is not formally adopted by the GOP.

    I couldn't help but notice there was nothing in there about maintaining any standard of personal morality, such as not cheating on one's spouse, not lying in public, etc. Wonder why?

    November 24, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Jim

    They just get dumber and dumber and yell louder and louder...

    November 24, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Jim

    Man I have just got to volunteer for the Repubs. I will faithfully help them purge the impure from their ranks. Can't wait for the next election.

    November 24, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. actionsauce

    Oh please oh please oh please let it be so!
    We must purge all non purists from the GOP and hold those elected to a stringent standard of hard core conservatism.
    We must obscond all so called "conservatives" who claim to be so, but work with those flaming liberals to make laqws that a majority of americans can agree with.
    This kind of purist reform may lead to the marginalization of the GOP across america.
    I can only hope that they are successful in this ideological cleansing of their party.
    So they everyone else can just get back to work fixing the problems caused by this kind of narrowminded idocy.

    November 24, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. RC

    Democrats and Republicans are the same beast.
    A politician is just the same no matter the stupid name.
    Each can pretend their for this or that but in the end they just want to get fat.
    On the shoulders of the People, the pockets of the poor and the minds of our children. This whole game is one big farce!
    It's time to put the politicians in check and set the course of America back in the right direction.
    Is America truly so naive now to believe a word any of them say?

    November 24, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. B

    How do you win a National election with 20% of the- most radical- of the electorate ?

    November 24, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Thoughtful

    It would seem that someone forgot where all the money comes from in these campaigns. The insurance, medical, oil, and other purchasers of votes will shortly drop the Republican party as a rotten investment, so the question of "Who gets GOP sponsorship?" will shortly become moot. Smart investors don't put money into losers. If the GOP dosen't smarten up, they are doomed to become an afterthought. Political purity? That's a laugh anyway.

    November 24, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Another Reformed Republican

    What a bunch of idiots. There won't be anyone left in the party so Steele should have plenty of money left over.

    November 24, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. not alone

    so there bright idea is the ten commandments of the Repulican party(ironic ain't it?),So any that might not fit that mold will be in sense tossed out of the party.lol well lets see any now serving moderate repubs now have their own party to fear, hmmm might it be better to work with the independents and dems be better for them being as they have more folks?lol empty from the leaders of the party of NO HOPE,NO IDEAS,and NO FUTURE.My goodness what have the party of Lincon and Reagon are doing to them selfs. They can purge the impure from the party.How sad they Repulican party of today has become.N

    November 24, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. not alone

    so there bright idea is the ten commandments of the Repulican party(ironic ain't it?),So any that might not fit that mold will be in sense tossed out of the party.lol well lets see any now serving moderate repubs now have their own party to fear, hmmm might it be better to work with the independents and dems be better for them being as they have more folks?lol empty from the leaders of the party of NO HOPE,NO IDEAS,and NO FUTURE.My goodness what have the party of Lincon and Reagon are doing to them selfs. They can purge the impure from the party.How sad they Repulican party of today has become.Now the time has indeed come for a Rational 3rd party to form.

    November 24, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. mwilliams

    It is amazing how surprising this is to all the lefties posting here. Wow, so incredible, a party has a platform and requires it's members to adhere to it. Stunning indeed.

    November 24, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Do the "true believers" also have to wear a brownshirt or a white hood?

    November 24, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Gracie

    Steele is an indiot if he thinks the "good ole Southen WHITE men club" is going to give him full control and power of the RNC.

    The GOP and RNC is a WHITE SOUTHERN legacy, Steele is nothing but their "Uncle Tom puppet." Nothing more.

    November 24, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Razorback

    Wow-this has the libs so upset they can hardly spell anything right in their replies! And I haven't seen anybody from the RNC call it a "purity resolution"-as far as I can tell that came from CNN. Kinda like Sarah Palin getting credit for that Tina Fey remark "I can see Russia from my house". Talk about an inconvenient truth!

    November 24, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Sean

    God, I the fact that the Republican Party is doing this. They're eating their heads, and it shows. If they pass this, they can kiss any chance of beating the Democrats goodbye. They are not a party of inclusion, and now they're finally saying out loud.

    November 24, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. tigerakabj

    Ronald Reagan himself would be immediately called a "liberal socialist marxist" and thrown out the party for his big-tent talk. Remember the term Reagan Democrats? That term came into play b/c he reached across the aisle and listened to folks that didn't agree with him all the time.

    They should have really been concerned about NY-23, a Republican district that hasn't gone blue since the CIVIL WAR. That was a safe, shoe-in for the GOP.

    The party of Teddy Roosevelt (true progressive), Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan is dead.

    November 24, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    People who call President Obama a Marxist or a Communist don't know the meaning of the words ... THAT'S what scares me about politics today: how adept the GOP has become at manipulating and exploiting ignorant people through fear-mongering and hatred.

    The GOP, the Tea Baggers, Limbaugh, Palin, Hannity and Beck all thump their chests and wail on about how President Obama is somehow "taking their freedom."

    And yet, the GOP is the party with the purity test and the intolerance of differing opinions, backed up by the threat of being called unpatriotic, or – in their book, the worst punishment of all – being denied political funding.

    How anyone can call themselves a Republican these days is beyond me! I feel so sorry for my moderate Republican friends and family – no wonder they are all leaving the party!

    November 24, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    And Steele just keeps on smiling ... I swear, one day that man's head is just going to explode!

    November 24, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. tonyt

    Palin: My Father Raised 'Tough Hunting Buddy'

    Not so tough quiter, talk is cheap!

    She crys 24-7 about her failures, blames everyone esle. How About shouldering some blame quiter.

    Couldn't even handle simple questions, tough please!

    She's a fake and a fraud, keep winking star burst lady.

    November 24, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. TSRVT

    The GOP is a joke, from top to bottom. They are a pathetic bunch of ingrates. Purity Oath? Unbelievable. Disgusting, rotten-to-the-core morons. Reading through the comments, there were inly a few schmucks who tried to defend this action. Convervatives are excruciatingly stupid people.

    November 24, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. Mark

    "My way or the high-way." Fits right into the narcissistic personalities of most right-wing conservatives. They aren't even willing to see another point of view or how a compromise between two views could be reached. Sadly, there are plenty with similar tactics on the left. Good thing most of America is moderate. America: 10% far left, 70% Moderate, 20% far right.

    November 24, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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