Nevada guv opens door to caucus date change
October 21st, 2011
08:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Nevada guv opens door to caucus date change

(CNN) – Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signaled Thursday he is open to moving the Nevada caucuses after the other early nominating contests, following pressure from national Republicans.

The Silver State caucuses are currently scheduled for Jan. 14, but Sandoval, the top Republican in the state, said Thursday he would not characterize moving the events to Feb. 4 as "caving."

"I don't call it caving when you're trying to work for the good of all," Sandoval told the Las Vegas Sun.

His comments come before Saturday's meeting of the Nevada Republican Party's executive committee, when the date change is set to be addressed.

Nevada moved its caucuses from February to January earlier this month after Florida moved their contests from March to January, a change in violation of Republican National Committee regulations.

New Hampshire officials have pushed back on the changes, adamant they maintain their "first-in-the-nation" primary status, which would be difficult with the new date changes given that state law requires no other state hold its primary or caucuses within seven days of the New Hampshire primary.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was in New Hampshire earlier this week negotiating with party officials. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said the state may be forced to hold its primary as early as Dec. 6 if Nevada does not change its date.

Meanwhile Nevada GOP Chairman Amy Tarkaninan, who was previously defiant about the date of her state's caucuses, said Tuesday Nevada's "perspective" may change with more information. Tarkanian's comments came just a few hours after she met with Priebus in Las Vegas, minutes before CNN's Western Republican presidential debate.

Sandoval, who has endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president, told the Sun he hopes the states can "reach a resolution that's mutually beneficial to all the candidates, the state of Nevada and the Republican Party."

"It's not about my gut," he said. "It's about what is best for the party."

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Rachel Streitfeld and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Brian Sandoval • Nevada • New Hampshire
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. PA_outof work

    The caucus dates don’t really matter, when the Republican candidate debates Obama and brings up the Obama and the Democrats record in Congress since 2007:
    FAILURE on the economy, unemployment increase of 50 % since 2007
    FAILURE on taxes, his jobs plan that, if passed, would add one and half trillion dollars in new tax revenue.
    FAILURE on home foreclosure, home foreclosures rise by 75 percent since 2007
    FAILURE on a budget, no budget since 2008
    FAILURE on health care, you won’t be able to keep your health care plan, Obamacare strips $500 Billion from Medicare, ObamaCare will add more than $500 billion to the deficit during the first ten years, and nearly $1.5 trillion in the following decade.
    FAILURE on price of gasoline, increase of 50 % since 2008
    FAILURE – Home sales, sales have fallen in four of the past five years, the worst showing in 13 years
    FAILURE – Down Grade of Americas Credit Rating for the first time
    FAILURE – Poverty in America Hits 52-year High as Economy Worsens
    44 Million Americans On Food Stamps, increase of 74 percent since 2007
    FAILURE, since Obama, Debt Increased By $35,835 Per Household.

    October 21, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The part I find the most interesting about this entire Republican debacle with the primaries is whether or not the RNC will follow its' own rules and punish the states moving their primaries ahead of March 1, and actually take away half of the state's delegates that breaik the rules.

    Negotiating with the rebel state committee's is a sign of weakness on the part of the RNC. The rules are clear. If a state wants to hang itself I would give them all of the rope the want or need, then sit back and watch.

    October 21, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. PA_outof work

    Oh; while the American people suffer thru the Obama FAILURES; the Obama buddies at GE, GE net earnings for the third quarter of $3.2 billion, up 57 percent from the same period in 2010.

    October 21, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    PA_outofwork wrote:
    Failure .....
    --------–
    You are cherry picking facts, distorting facts, and the rest is false talking points..

    For example, the price of gas was higher in 2008 than it is today. We were paying $4.50 for gas prior to the financial crisis. Today's prices simply reflect a recovering global economy. Besides, the market determines the price of oil, not the POTUS.

    Another example, unemployment was at 7.8% the week Obama was sworn in and up to 8.1% before the new Congress even convened. (That means no policies or legislation could be voted on or passed.) This past spring it was down to 8.8% before the Tea Party came to Congress.

    There is not enough room to debunk the rest of your misleading facts. But, the rest of your claims are just as misleading and a cherry picking of the facts.

    October 21, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    PA_outof work wrote:
    Oh; while the American people suffer thru the Obama FAILURES; the Obama buddies at GE, GE net earnings for the third quarter of $3.2 billion, up 57 percent from the same period in 2010.
    --------–
    So, why would you support the party that wants to double down on the status quo? If you are really concerned about wasted tax dollars then you should be disturbed about *HOW* multi-nationals like GE, Apple, and others can pay *ZERO* taxes.

    They do it by using loopholes introduced by the GWB administration, which Republicans have steadfastly blocked from being removed. Those corporatioins can *deduct their foreign taxes* IN FULL from their US obligations. Our tax dollars are used to pay for their foreign taxes, which is why the ship their manufacturing overseas and make such large profits.

    October 21, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. nagrom

    Fact. Obama Policies bailed out the auto industry and all those works threatened with unemployment and foreclosures. Fact Under the Bush administration Banks and Wall Street were bailed out and what do the customers get? Higher fees and no interest on savings. Failed 401K plans. That is just two examples of how Obama has helped the country and economy and how GWB and the repukes have demolished the economy. I could go on but the truth be known Obama has been trying and any failure is due to the Repukes and the TeaPartiers whose only mission is to destroy Obama and the Democrats.

    October 21, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    @PA-outof work:

    Sorry to hear that you aren't aware of the "great" recession of 2007, which affected not only America's economy, but the world economy as a whole. Much of what you attribute to President Obama's "failures" are a direct result of said recession - and the inability of Congress to work towards improving that situation. It is, after all, they who are most responsible for the economic conditions still existing today. It is they who hold the purse strings, then and now, NOT the President. It is they who enact legislation, not the President. In other words, Congress has a great deal to explain, and as of yet, have been too busy sorting out anti-abortion laws to think of the "big" picture, let alone explain what did go wrong back in 2007, why it went wrong, and how to "improve" all those failures you listed. Fact is, Congress, especially the Republican aisle, have been content to sit back and do nothing. It's a three way street - House of Representatives, Senate, and the White House. Leaving out two of the three to score political points against the one is disingenuous, and serves no good purpose.

    October 21, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Independent Voter

    Amazing how GE's -0- taxes is blamed on GWB. Seems to me that all that is cooked up by Congress.
    It has been and always will be Congress' responsibility.
    So tell me Rudy in NYC, who controlled the Congress in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 ?
    It is so easy to blame one man, but the facts have never supported that.. Its time for Democrats to clean out the old guard in the House and Senate.

    October 21, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Independent Voter

    Another falicy by the great Rudy – "which Republicans have steadfastly blocked from being removed."
    The Democrats for the first two years of Obamadom had a veto proof majority. If the loopholes were available, why were they not corrected upon seizing power ?

    October 21, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Rudy NYC

    PA_outofwork wrote:
    Failure .....
    ------

    Besides, the market determines the price of oil, not the POTUS.
    ----------------------------

    Oh Rudy...how can you be so wrong???? Michelle Bachmann will set the price. Didn't you see her bold declaration? She is dumb enough to think that she has any input into that, and the sheep believe her.

    October 21, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How could anyone say that the democrats had a veto proof majority, when Lieberman voted frequently against the democrats, and T. Kennedy and Byrd were deathly ill?

    October 21, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Independent Voter wrote:
    Another falicy by the great Rudy – "which Republicans have steadfastly blocked from being removed."
    The Democrats for the first two years of Obamadom had a veto proof majority. If the loopholes were available, why were they not corrected upon seizing power ?
    ---------–
    No *fallacy* from me. The first two years of the Obama administration saw more filibusters than the previous 40 years. Most of which succeeded because people forget that Democratic Caucus member Sen. Lieberman voted with Republicans.

    October 21, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Independent Voter asked:
    So tell me Rudy in NYC, who controlled the Congress in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 ?
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    2007 and 2008 were controlled by the Bush veto. 2009, 2010 and 2011 have been controlled by the Republican Senate filibuster.

    October 21, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Larry L

    Thanks Rudy NYC! It's important to mention the habit of the Republicans in the Senate of supporting an initiative in committee, even getting it modified to meet their requirements, then blocking it from reaching the floor. It's delusional not to see the GOP's obstructionist behavior and their attempts to discredit the Obama Administration – regardless of the damage to the Nation.

    October 21, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Nevis

    The GOP lacks the discipline to follow it's own rules concerning the caucus/primary contests, so how do they pretend that they could effectively run the country? It will be a free-for-all!

    October 21, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Dan

    So, 'Rudy NYC', since you're such a lover/defender of Obama and his administration would you please put your spin on how you can defend, 'Fast and Furious' and 'Solyndra'. That should make for very interesting reading. While you're at it, please put your spin on the fact this administration gave/loaned half a BILLION dollars to an electric car company in FINLAND!!!! Not to mention that AL GORE has ties to this company. People in our own company are in need and this administration gives money to other countries. And please, don't go with, 'all other administrations have given money to other countries'. I really want to read your spin. It should be very entertaining.

    October 21, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |