RNC makes first ad buy for Black History Month
February 3rd, 2014
05:15 PM ET
6 months ago

RNC makes first ad buy for Black History Month

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee announced Monday the launch of its first ever paid ad campaign in recognition of Black History Month.

The RNC, which has taken on an active new approach to reach out to African-Americans in the past year, says it will run the commercials in black media outlets and urban markets, according to a press release.
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MSNBC apologizes for Cheerios tweet hitting 'right wing'
January 30th, 2014
12:36 PM ET
6 months ago

MSNBC apologizes for Cheerios tweet hitting 'right wing'

Updated 4:39 p.m. ET, 1/30/2014

(CNN) –  MSNBC President Phil Griffin apologized Thursday for what he called an "offensive" network tweet, which suggested that conservatives may “hate” a Cheerios Super Bowl ad featuring a racially mixed family.

Griffin said the person responsible for the tweet was fired.

"The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable,” Griffin said in a written statement. “We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.”

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Filed under: MSNBC • RNC
Will Democrats follow Republicans in primary and convention calendar changes?
January 27th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
6 months ago

Will Democrats follow Republicans in primary and convention calendar changes?

Washington (CNN) - Days after the Republican National Committee made dramatic changes to their next presidential primary calendar, their Democratic rivals say they're moving toward using the same timeline as they've done in the past.

The RNC voted nearly unanimously Friday to condense the 2016 presidential nominating calendar, and they took steps toward moving the date of the next Republican National Convention from late August to June, the earliest either party has held their convention in nearly 70 years.

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Huckabee defends comments as Miley Cyrus, Cosmo weigh in
January 25th, 2014
03:20 PM ET
6 months ago

Huckabee defends comments as Miley Cyrus, Cosmo weigh in

(CNN) - As more female voices are joining the clamor against him, Mike Huckabee is speaking out against critics, who, he says, distorted his comments on women.

"My whole point was that the women I know are intelligent, thoughtful, educated, capable of running things, capable of making big decisions - and they didn’t need the government to hold their hands. They were not victims of their gender," said the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate.
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Filed under: Mike Huckabee • RNC
January 24th, 2014
07:08 PM ET
6 months ago

Hillary Clinton lurks in corners of Republican meeting

Washington (CNN) -- Even though it was Republican party leaders meeting in Washington this week, Hillary Clinton might as well have been there.

In the halls between Republican National Committee meetings, the former secretary of state's name came up in conversation regularly. At a rules committee meeting on Thursday night, Clinton - the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 - was referred to as "she who should not be named." And at the powwow's most-watched events, Republicans pledged a laser-like focus on winning back the White House in 2016.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • RNC
GOP adopts changes to 2016 presidential primary process
January 24th, 2014
11:43 AM ET
6 months ago

GOP adopts changes to 2016 presidential primary process

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET, 1/24/2014

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee gave near-unanimous approval Friday to a package of rules changes that would condense the 2016 presidential nominating calendar and help the party avoid the kind of protracted party infighting that dented GOP nominee Mitt Romney's general election appeal in 2012.

The changes dovetail with the party's desire to move the convention from late summer to a June window, which would make the next Republican National Convention the earliest convention in either party since 1948. The RNC has announced its support for the June move but will formally vote on the change at a later date.

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January 24th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
6 months ago

A year of success and setbacks for soul-searching RNC

(CNN) – For far too long, according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, his committee was nothing more than "a U-Haul trailer of money for a presidential nominee" who lacked a permanent, sustainable presence in crucial states.

"We had been a party that has shown up once every four years about five months before an election," Priebus told CNN, arguing that no matter how much money you have, that model won't work and hasn't worked in recent years.

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Demographics loom large for cities vying for Republican 2016 convention
January 23rd, 2014
05:12 PM ET
6 months ago

Demographics loom large for cities vying for Republican 2016 convention

Washington (CNN) - Behind the glitzy photos spreads, the slick highlight reels and the overstuffed swag bags, a few cities vying to hold the Republican National Convention in 2016 are making demographics a subtle but important part of their pitch to Republican Party leaders.

For Western cities like Las Vegas, Denver and Phoenix – all of which are vying to hold the party's presidential nomination convention – their pitches could be boiled down to this: We have both the infrastructure and political symbolism you need.
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Filed under: 2016 • Arizona • Colorado • Missouri • Nevada • Ohio • RNC
January 23rd, 2014
02:22 PM ET
6 months ago

Huckabee invokes 'libido' in birth control debate

Washington (CNN) - Mike Huckabee urged Republicans to aggressively fight back against Democratic attempts to make female "libido" a campaign issue - language that may inflame the ongoing war of words between Republicans and Democrats over women's health issues.

Addressing a Republican National Committee luncheon in Washington, Huckabee said Thursday Democrats have invented a phony "war on women" in an effort to lure female voters into their fold.
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Filed under: Health care • Mike Huckabee • RNC
Huckabee defends Christie, but touts his own White House potential
January 23rd, 2014
01:50 PM ET
6 months ago

Huckabee defends Christie, but touts his own White House potential

Washington (CNN) – Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and full-time presidential pot-stirrer, defended Chris Christie on Thursday as the New Jersey Governor faces continued questions about his knowledge of the multi-lane George Washington Bridge shutdown last fall.

"I think it's much ado about nothing," Huckabee told reporters Thursday when asked about Christie. "There is nothing that's tied him to that, and I think he did what he should have done. He went and answered every question that was thrown at him. He took responsibility even though he didn't personally order the decision to be made about the bridge."

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Mike Huckabee • RNC
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