Washington (CNN) - The trouncing Republicans received in November's election was fueled partly by Democrats' success among minorities, who formed a record portion of total turnout and overwhelmingly cast ballots for President Barack Obama.
As the national GOP examines what went wrong, a new effort will focus on electing women and minorities to state office, where organizers say a new generation of Republican leaders can help change the perception that their party is no longer reflective of America's changing population.
(CNN) – Surrogates continued to spar Sunday over last week’s presidential debate, with Democrats calling Mitt Romney’s performance “superb acting” while Republicans said the GOP candidate showed substance.
Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs conceded the president failed to perform up to expectations last week in Denver, but quickly pivoted to judge Romney’s stage presence as “a masterful theatrical performance” and “fundamentally dishonest for the American people.”
(CNN) - While Mitt Romney said he expects his fundraising calendar to be "a little quieter," a senior campaign adviser sounded less certain Monday about taking donor meetings off the Republican nominee's itinerary in the near future.
"We're going to reach a point here–hopefully soon–where we'll have the resources we need to carry us through Nov. 6 and we don't need to be doing those finance events," Ed Gillespie said on a conference call with reporters.
(CNN) - Republicans heralding their party's vice presidential candidate said Sunday that Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed overhaul of Medicare would be a boon to their chances in November, rather than a liability – though they quickly pointed out Mitt Romney would advance his own budget policy as president.
"It is the Romney-Ryan ticket, and as president, Romney will be putting forth his own budget," Senior Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie said on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) - Mitt Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie said Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union" the GOP candidate “retroactively” retired from Bain Capital after the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics began.
"You know, there may have been thought at the time that he could be part time," Gillespie told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "It was not part time. The Olympics was in a shambles. There was corruption. There was - the International Olympic Committee was going to pull the Olympics from the United States of America which would have been a huge embarrassment. Because of Mitt Romney's leadership skills he was called on to do it."
Gillespie continued, "He took a leave of absence and, in fact, Candy, he ended up not going back at all and retired retroactively to February of 1999 as a result."
Washington (CNN) – A top adviser to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Sunday that recent allegations coming from rivals in President Barack Obama's campaign were debasing the office of the presidency.
Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie said the GOP candidate scheduled five interviews with major broadcasters on Friday to clear his name, after an Obama campaign official suggested he had committed a felony by listing himself as CEO of Bain Capital when he no longer carried leadership responsibilities at the private equity firm.
(CNN) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie will join the Mitt Romney campaign as a senior adviser, a source close to the campaign confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
Gillespie served as a top aide to then-House Majority Leader Dick Armey and as a counselor to President George W. Bush before taking the reigns at the RNC in 2003.
New York (CNN) - American Crossroads, the Republican group backed by GOP consultants Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, will launch its first television ads supporting GOP House candidates this week, as officials there boast about a fundraising surge in the wake of White House attacks on the organization.
A spokesman for American Crossroads, Jonathan Collegio, says the group, along with its affiliate American Crossroads GPS, will begin airing television ads in eight House districts on Friday, and plans to go into 15 House races by Election Day. So far, the group's focus has been on Senate races.
Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan, who has maintained a very low profile since losing his re-election bid to Michael Steele last year, has re-emerged as a top advisor to a new Republican effort to pick up state legislative seats in this year's midterm elections.
The effort - REDistricting MAjority Project, or REDMAP - is a program of the Republican State Leadership Committee, which also works to elect Republicans to state legislatures and down-ballot offices like Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State.
The RSLC recently added another former RNC chairman, Ed Gillespie, as its chairman. REDMAP's goal is to boost GOP majorities in state legislatures around the country, which will play a crucial role in the 2011 redistricting process.
Duncan is one of four new senior advisers to REDMAP. The others are former Tennessee Sen. and RNC chairman Bill Brock, former North Carolina Rep. Robin Hayes and former RNC official Anne Hathaway.
"We're thrilled to join the RSLC team and are excited about combining our ideas about redistricting with the proven success the RSLC has had on state races to ensure future GOP victories," Duncan said in a statement announcing the launch of REDMAP.
Duncan served as party chairman from January 2007 until he withdrew from the contested chairman's race in January 2009.