February 15th, 2010
12:33 PM ET
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New GOP group to launch with jobs forum next week

Gov. Bob McDonnell will host American Action's jobs forum next Tuesday in Washington.
Gov. Bob McDonnell will host American Action's jobs forum next Tuesday in Washington.

Washington (CNN) - With the pivotal midterm elections just nine months away, a group of influential Republicans have launched an independent organization to help develop and promote policy ideas for GOP candidates and officeholders.

The new group, American Action, will have a kickoff event next Tuesday at the W Hotel in Washington – a jobs forum hosted by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a rising star in the Republican Party.

Modeled roughly after the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank and messaging organization, American Action was developed by Fred Malek, a top Republican donor from Virginia who maintains close ties with GOP governors throughout the country.

After the 2008 election, Malek said he felt Republicans "were increasingly being defined by folks who opposed our point of view as the 'Party of No' and defined by those folks on the far right."

"We needed some means of bringing together all those who occupy the center-right point of view in a means that has some political vitality so we could speak with a common voice and have our views prevail," he said.

The group's operations will be managed by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman. Its board of advisers includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, former Missouri Rep. Jim Talent, former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber, former New York Rep. Tom Reynolds and former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Malek told CNN that more Republicans will be involved, but said their names have yet to be announced.

According to Malek, the group is meant to supplement, not step on, existing party organizations or GOP leadership on Capitol Hill. "We will focus on issues that bring us together, not those that divide," he said. "We are not going to focus on social issues."

American Action will have a policy arm - run by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was Sen. John McCain's economic adviser during his 2008 presidential campaign - which will bring together top thinkers from center and right-leaning think tanks to develop policy ideas.

Those recommendations will then be passed along to the group's political wing - managed by Rob Collins, a former aide to Rep. Eric Cantor - to convey the proposals to "key centers of influences, officeholders and candidates who share a center-right philosophy," Malek said.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. gr

    American Action verse Tea Party which will be great show! The right aganist the far right.

    February 15, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Rob R

    I say give these folks a chance to PROVE they are listening to us before we bash them as same-ol, same-ol....

    February 15, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Rob R

    hey Glenn Koons, I remember that "contract", what I don't remember is the benefits it produced and how another contract will help. We ALREADY have a contract: I vote you in, you work for ME...or is that in fine print?

    February 15, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    It looks as if the republicans try to replicate everything the democratic party does.
    ------------------–
    Not everything DUTCH! The GOP has failed on it's own. They don't have to duplicate the failures of your party! !

    February 15, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    Just what America needs: a shadow government led by republicans.....

    February 15, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. RealityKing

    America will consider all non-deficit busting ideas now that hope and change has met reailty.

    February 15, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Adelita

    I thought there had to be a few reasonable, civilized Republicans out there! The on;y guys we hear about are the extremists or the outspokenly rude ones. I tend more left, but will watch this with interest.

    February 15, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. Governor, how about getting on the ball and signing off on my R.O.R. paperwork rather than holding a talking points convention.

    February 15, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    The study found that the effective tax rate for:

    The top 1 percent of taxpayers dropped from 33 percent in 2001 to 26.7 percent on-going, a decline of 19 percent.

    The middle 20 percent of taxpayers saw a decline of 4 percent.
    -------------------------------

    No wonder the Greedy Obstructionists cater to the wealthy - they can donate more money to their campaigns.

    February 15, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Sgt. USMC

    Way to play catch-up, you're almost there repubs. Maybe one of these meetings will have some actual substance and not just a political strategy. We grew tired of playing politics with you guys last year. We're moving on.

    February 15, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    @If I was crazy, I'be a Conservative too

    Good for you, keep it that way.

    "An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."-Buddha

    I'm proud of you GOP!! But do believe will take some bold moves, not necessarily ideas, but tactical. If you wanna win the midterms, and 2012, you're definitely heading the right path. ...But make sure you pick people who believe in God, I don't want Deism.

    February 15, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. RJW Times, England, UK

    We know exactly what their idea of a jobs forum and that is go out and that is working at McDonalds for absolutely nothing an hour. Like their idea of patriotism is to sell jobs abroad.

    February 15, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    Almost every Republican I've ever known relied only on himself for financial security. With the exception of offering to serve in public office, Republicans do not ask the government to give them jobs.
    If ALL of our citizens shared this aspect of Republicans' philosophy and work ethic, our entire economy would be productive and thriving.

    February 15, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Pittsburgh voter

    JLM – Of course the rich got bigger tax breaks – because they pay significantly more than those making less. The tax breaks enacted a few years ago reduced the marginal tax rate across the board. The only way that you didn't see a reduction in your taxes if you don't pay taxes!

    February 15, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Libertarian

    Same bunch of BS just under a new name. Who thinks up these STUPID pac names anyway??? LOL American Action...whhoooooo....think we will really get any....NOT. I honestly think they believe the childlike names for these groups will win voter support. LOL

    February 15, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. America Shrugged

    Yeah, sure..More of the same, just a different package. A new bag of GOP sales tricks. No wonder many in congress are jumping ship.. They want the GOP party of Palin, Beck and Rush to take over. 3rd world status, here we come.

    February 15, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Pittsburgh voter

    The argument that the last marginal tax rate reduction only went to the rich is completely false. It doesn't take a whole lot of research to see that – unless of course you don't want to see it. People love the whole class envy thing....

    February 15, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. PL

    The negative commenters all talk like they are the authority on politics. At this time when the democrats are in an apparently sinking ship, your expert opinions against the GOP do not seem to score much on credibility.

    The party of NO thing, tax cut for the rich, are so stale.
    This group wants to define philosophy, to be translated into policy and programs, which will not stand if not for the interest of the public and supported by the public.
    Democrats do that too.
    What's wrong with that?

    February 15, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    Looks like all the government employees are on here blogging about how Repubs are only willing to give tax cuts to the rich and to businesses....

    February 15, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. JonDie

    Republicans have added MILLIONS of Americans job...to the Chinese labor force.

    February 15, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. slick rick

    As usual, The bottomline is that the GOP has NO idea on how to create jobs. They ONLY want to cut taxes for the wealthy and work for the wealthy. It is a no-brainer.

    February 15, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. tjaman

    Can't wait to hear the great new ideas from Americ-Inaction. Let me guess: Reinstate all Bush tax cuts and issue rebates retroactively so that only the top 1/2 of 1 percent have any money at all and the rest of us can get by on minimum wage?

    February 15, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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