Rand Paul to deliver tea party response to Obama, GOP
February 8th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul to deliver tea party response to Obama, GOP

Washington (CNN) – Tea party leaders are turning to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to deliver their message following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a speech that will compete with the official Republican response.

Paul will make his remarks soon after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wraps up the GOP response Tuesday night, a Paul spokeswoman confirms to CNN.
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Filed under: Rand Paul • State of the Union • Tea Party
January 25th, 2013
01:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Priebus elected to a second term as RNC chair

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Reince Priebus pledged to grow his party by making direct appeals to minority and young voters as well as dedicating campaign resources to try and win in traditional Democratic states, as members of the Republican National Committee re-elected him Friday to a second two-year term at their Winter Meeting.

"We must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven't before," he said. "At the RNC, we are dropping red and blue analysis. We must be a party concerned about every American in every neighborhood."
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Analysis: Jindal lays down 2016 marker
January 25th, 2013
09:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Analysis: Jindal lays down 2016 marker

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - At one point, the banging of the drums and the screeching of the horns could be heard two hotel ballrooms away. The band warming up down the hall was loud enough Thursday night that it distracted some in the audience, but not Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who, at hyperspeed, laid out his vision for the Republican Party and the nation.

"We have to stop looking backwards," Jindal said in his headlining speech at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. "We've got to boldly show what the future can look like with the free market policies we believe in."

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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • RNC
GOP report on minority outreach due in March
January 24th, 2013
07:06 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP report on minority outreach due in March

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – A task force charged with identifying winning political strategies and broadening the GOP's appeal with minority voters will deliver its recommendations in March to the Republican National Committee on what steps the party needs to take going forward.

"We have real challenges and we did get whipped," in the 2012 election, Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour said at the RNC's Winter Meeting in Charlotte. "That is not something we take lightly."
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Filed under: Reince Priebus • Republican
GOP chief plans major overhaul to party
January 24th, 2013
07:48 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP chief plans major overhaul to party

Washington (CNN) -- The chair, perhaps the most famous chair in political history, stands in the office of a large, nondescript cement building just a stone's throw away from the U.S. Capitol.

That's right, the chair Clint Eastwood used as a prop in his rambling and at times incoherent critique of President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention is now one of the many pieces of political memorabilia in Reince Priebus' spacious office on First Street in Washington.

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Filed under: Reince Priebus • RNC
First lady to help promote presidential agenda
January 20th, 2013
09:39 PM ET
1 year ago

First lady to help promote presidential agenda

Washington (CNN) – A bright spotlight will shine on first lady Michelle Obama Monday as inauguration watchers focus on her clothes, new hairstyle, and to what length she has gone to shield her children from the public eye.

But beyond the pomp and circumstance of the inaugural festivities, the first lady will play a role in helping to try and advance her husband's policy goals over the next four years through a fractured Congress in a divided nation. The first sign of this came on Friday when she appeared ">in a video broadly explaining how the Obama for America campaign will transform into an issues advocacy organization as CNN reported earlier this month. The video was emailed to supporters Sunday afternoon with a note from the organization's new executive director.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
First on CNN: Attracting minority voters a key GOP goal as Obama begins second term
January 17th, 2013
10:33 PM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Attracting minority voters a key GOP goal as Obama begins second term

Washington (CNN) – Days after President Barack Obama is sworn-in for a second term, Republican leaders from across the country will assemble in the southern city where Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in September to strategize a path forward for the GOP in a nation experiencing major demographic shifts.

It will be a three-day discussion focused primarily on how to grow the Republican Party by convincing black, Hispanic and Asian voters that the GOP better represents their values than the Democratic Party, according to a party official involved in the planning of the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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Filed under: Latinos • Reince Priebus
January 15th, 2013
09:28 PM ET
2 years ago

NRA airs new TV ad criticizing Obama on eve of White House gun announcement

Washington (CNN) - The National Rifle Association released a new television commercial Tuesday night charging President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for being "skeptical" about placing armed guards at schools, while his own two daughters are protected by the U.S. Secret Service.

"Are the president's kids more important than yours?" a narrator says in the 30 second ad. "Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school."
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Filed under: Ads • Gun rights • NRA • President Obama
Obama political machine to be fired up, ready to go for second term
January 9th, 2013
08:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama political machine to be fired up, ready to go for second term

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama’s campaign operation is about to be fired back up just a few months after helping him win a second term with a new mission to assist the president in promoting his top legislative goals and progressive issues.

Senior Obama campaign aides are currently working on the specifics of how to restructure Obama for America, but are considering several different options such as converting it to a 501c4 or perhaps a super PAC, a source familiar with the campaign said.
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Rep. Markey to seek Kerry's Senate seat
December 27th, 2012
03:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Rep. Markey to seek Kerry's Senate seat

(CNN) - Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts said Thursday he will seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. John Kerry, who was nominated to become the next secretary of state last week.

Markey's announcement makes him the first to publicly announce will seek the seat.
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Filed under: Ed Markey • John Kerry • Senate
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