(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee blasted out an email to reporters Wednesday afternoon with the headline that Sen. John McCain has offered $1 million to the organization.
The promise comes as the party committee is looking to pick up at least 10 seats in order to take back a majority in the Senate. NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn praised McCain, saying, "It's very encouraging to see Sen. McCain step up and do this. Republicans have historically not done this like Democrats have, and that has been a real competitive advantage that they have had."
GOPers were told about the cash infusion by McCain and Cornyn during a weekly Republican conference lunch that took place on Wednesday.
Akron, Ohio (CNN) – David Plouffe, one of President Obama's top political advisers, said Tuesday that the Republican Party has been overwhelmed by a "Beck-Palin-Limbaugh wing" that will make it impossible for the GOP to nominate a viable general election candidate in 2012.
"If you are a moderate Republican thinking about running in a primary for any office in 2011 and 2012, you are going to have to think twice, because you are going to get the Mike Castle treatment," Plouffe said in an interview in Ohio, where he is campaigning for Gov. Ted Strickland. "So they are going to nominate more and more extreme Republicans who are doing very well among that Palin-Limbaugh-Beck base."
(CNN) - Although more people blame the Republicans than the Democrats for the country's economic problems, a larger number of people think the Republicans are more likely to fix those problems, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 41 percent of adult Americans say congressional Republicans are more responsible for the nation's economic problems, with 35 percent saying the Democrats are more to blame, and nearly one in five saying both are equally to blame.
But 47 percent of those questioned say the economic policies of congressional Republicans are more likely to improve economic conditions, with 41 percent saying Democrats in Congress have the better prescriptions, five percent saying both have equally good solutions and five percent saying neither are more likely to improve conditions.
Washington (CNN) - Republicans' "Pledge to America" plan released last week is the first step in starting a national dialogue, a Republican congresswoman told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday, when asked why the 21-page manifesto lacked specifics.
"This isn't the Republican platform," Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said on CNN's State of the Union. "This isn't everything the Republicans want to accomplish. These are the first steps, these are priority issues that we believe need to be addressed today."
Republicans have learned from their losses in recent years and have redoubled efforts to listen to voters, Rodgers said, adding that the GOP's new proposals reflect a change in the party.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - The "Pledge to America" spells out what House Republicans would do if they were in charge, and the economy is issue No. 1. The 48-page document is full of broadly worded ideas (not to mention glossy photos of cowboys and Mt. Rushmore). We've compared their prescriptions with those of the White House. On many issues, the rhetoric is surprisingly similar, though on two, there is no middle ground: health care (the Pledge calls for full repeal) and stimulus (Republicans want to put a halt on all unspent funds).
Check out the comparison at CNNMoney.com.
Christine O'Donnell’s surprise win in Delaware is sending shock waves through the GOP. O’Donnell is just one of several Tea Party success stories, which some say is threatening the existence of the moderate Republican.
Republican Congressman Bob Inglis, who lost his primary in June to a Tea Party candidate, is now speaking out against the Republican Party. Inglis spoke to CNN's John Roberts on "American Morning" about where things may have gone wrong for himself and the rest of the GOP.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union" as well as participating in special events coverage.
(CNN) - Once upon a time, back after Barack Obama's impressive 2008 presidential win, defeated and depressed Republicans had to do something to prove they still had a pulse. So leaders went out of their way - and it wasn't easy - to recruit stellar, well-known, GOP candidates for Senate: a governor in Charlie Crist of Florida, a secretary of state in Trey Grayson of Kentucky, a seasoned and popular congressman in Mike Castle of Delaware.
At the time, it seemed like a really good plan. And it got even better when President Obama and his jolly band of congressional Democrats shepherded through some controversial, and unpopular, legislation. Huge bills to reform health care and stimulate the economy played right into the GOP wheelhouse: too much government, too much spending.
(CNN) – CNN senior political analyst David Gergen said Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell's Delaware upset could spell trouble for the Republican Party.
O'Donnell knocked off former governor and nine-time U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in the GOP Senate primary on Tuesday.
"It's the clearest rebellion we've had all season. The biggest anti-establishment vote that's occurring against Republican candidates," Gergen said.
"One clear result out of Delaware is the chances of Republicans now gaining the Senate have gone down significantly. Delaware was an automatic pickup for Republicans before Mike Castle went down," he said.
(CNN) - Jim DeMint's political operation is firing back at anonymous Senate Republican aides who criticized the conservative South Carolina Senator on Tuesday night for helping Christine O'Donnell capture the GOP Senate nomination in Delaware, possibly jeopardizing the party's chances of winning the seat in November.
One unnamed senior GOP aide told CNN's Dana Bash: "I wonder who Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer are calling first tonight - Chris Coons for becoming the next Senator from Delaware or Jim DeMint for helping to make it happen.
Another GOP leadership aide griped to Hotline On Call that "DeMint is not interested in a majority, he'd rather establish himself as the leader on the fringe."
DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund directed money to O'Donnell's campaign and numerous other conservative Senate hopefuls who knocked off establishment-backed candidates in GOP primaries this cycle.
(CNN) –- Marco Rubio, the Republican candidate for Senate in Florida, said in this week’s Republican address that his party’s alternative to President Obama’s economic policies “really isn’t all that complicated.”
The address features a somber Rubio discussing the issue most on the minds of voters — the economy.
Rubio outlined the three pillars of the GOP’s economic plan: Extend the tax cuts that have been in place since 2001 and 2003, shut down the stimulus program and use the remaining funds to reduce the federal debt and repeal the health care bill passed by congressional Democrats and signed by President Obama in March.
Rubio is locked in a three-way race with Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent candidate. The three are vying to fill the seat of Sen. George LeMieux, who was appointed by Crist when former Sen. Mel Martinez stepped down last August.