[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/17/art.rnc.gi.jpg caption="September was a big fundraising month for the Republican National Committee."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - It appears September was a big fundraising month for the Republican National Committee.
The RNC announced Tuesday that it raked in $8.74 million last month and now has $18.9 million cash on hand with no debt. The RNC says it averaged 2,400 new donors per day in September, an off-year record and an increase of about 2000 new donors per day since February.
The RNC raised $7.8 million in August, beating the Democratic National Committee by around $1 million. The DNC has not yet released its September fundraising numbers.
"It is clear that the Republican message of lower taxes, less spending and common sense health care reform resonates with working families and small businesses alarmed by the course the president and Congressional Democrats have taken. As we move closer to the elections this fall and in 2010, these funds will enable the RNC to provide Republican candidates throughout the country the financial resources needed to help ensure victory on election day," RNC chairman Michael Steele said in a statement released by the committee.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/20/us.iran.poll/art.iran.talks.afp.gi.jpg caption="Western powers and Iran meet this week in Vienna, Austria, to discuss Tehran's nuclear future."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Nearly nine in 10 Americans say the believe Iran is trying to develop its own nuclear weapons, according to a new national poll.
Eighty-eight percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday morning say the Iranian government is attempting to develop nuclear weapons.
But it appears that's where agreement ends, as the survey indicates there's little consensus on the best approach to addressing the situation - though the poll does suggest a military response is not as popular as non-military options.
The survey's release comes as talks in Vienna, Austria between Tehran and representatives of the United States, Russia, France and the International Atomic Energy Agency over the future of Iran's nuclear program were scheduled to resume.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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caption="Mark Sanford, a Republican, has refused to resign in the face of criticism from his own party."](CNN) - A resolution of impeachment against Gov. Mark Sanford is likely to be introduced next week during a special session of the South Carolina legislature, but lawmakers said the governor's job is safe for the time being.
Republican state Rep. Greg Delleney told CNN his resolution lists three charges against Sanford: dereliction of duty for leaving the state to visit his mistress in Argentina in June; attempting to cover-up the scandal; and bringing "disgrace and shame and ridicule" on the state.
"If that is not serious misconduct in office, I don't know what is," Delleney said of Sanford's actions.
The one-day special session was not called to address the Sanford scandal, a point stressed by GOP leadership in both chambers. Instead, lawmakers are meeting to tweak a state law that will extend unemployment benefits for thousands of South Carolinians who began losing those payments over the weekend. The state has an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent.
But most Republicans in the legislature want the governor to resign and several are ready to begin the impeachment process, even as the results of a state Ethics Commission investigation into the governor's travel expenses are still pending.
Delleney said his goal is "to get the ball rolling" on impeachment in a committee before the legislative session officially begins in January, when he hopes the resolution can be quickly brought to the floor for a vote.
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