February 22nd, 2010
06:39 PM ET
13 years ago

New GOP groups look to center

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/22/art.coleman.file.gi.jpg caption="Norm Coleman announced the creation of two new conservative groups Monday."]Washington (CNN) - Two new conservative groups launched Monday are designed to compete with the Democratic political machine that helped sweep President Obama into office in 2008, organizers say.

Norm Coleman, former Republican senator from Minnesota, announced the start of the American Action Network and its sister organization, the American Action Forum, at the National Press Club in Washington.

Modeled after the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank and messaging organization, the groups will focus on promoting a center-right agenda.

"While we may disagree with the Center for American Progress's policies, we respect how they advocate for those policies. They are relentless, they are creative, and they are influential," said Rob Collins, former chief of staff to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va. "I decided to join the American Action Network because I believe we can compete with them on the playing field and beat them with our ideas."

Coleman and Collins were joined onstage by businessman and top GOP donor Fred Malek and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office who served as John McCain's economic adviser during the 2008 presidential race.

Holtz-Eakin, who will be president of the American Action Forum, said the presidential campaign opened his eyes to new challenges. "I came to understand that liberals had done a much better job at communicating in that political environment, and through modern technologies, to communicate broadly with all the demography in the United States."

Collins will serve as the president of the American Action Network. Coleman has been named CEO of both groups and wasted no time associating the group's political positions with recent GOP electoral success.

"I think recent elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts showed independent voters, who were the decisive voting block, voting overwhelmingly for candidates that offered center-right solutions," Coleman said.

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  1. Barbara Kramar

    I can't help but wonder why the Republican party keeps bring up all 0f the losers from the last election. I think they have to find new people to be
    candidates. The old ones have lost already, they have no new ideas.
    They are stale. All I've seen is a repeat of names..including Palin.
    They need lots of "BROWNS".names. He did well in Massachusetts.

    February 22, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. steve fielder

    So Norm Coleman is now trying to pass himself off as a "moderate"? There was nothing "moderate" about the dirty tactics that Coleman and his right-wing NeoCon buddies used against Senator Al Franken in an attempt to subvert the democratic process and prevent Mr. Franken from assuming the office he had been rightfully elected to; a judicial Inquisition that lasted six months and cost the taxpayers millions! "Snake-in-the-grass" is a perfect term to describe Norm Coleman!!

    February 22, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. Danny

    I imagine some Repubs desire to move to the Left is partly because of embarrassment over the voters you have to deal with the further Right you go.

    Try this. Go get the rankings by state of any measure of intelligence. You can try average ACT scores, number of college degrees, states public school rankings and/or spending...etc. You can get these from virtually ANY legitimate source (Rush is NOT a legitimate source).

    Now get the results by state of any Presidential election between 1980 and 2008 (you can go back further, I only researched it back to 1980). Compare the two. You'll find the lower a states rankings are in a measure of "Intelligence", the more likely they will vote Republican. In fact, you'll see the vast majority of the time, as the ranking gets lower, the higher the percentage of support for the GOP candidate.

    Don't believe it? Go research it yourself. Or you can just post that I'm an idiot and don't know what I'm talking about. That way, the people who DO go and do the research will have clear evidence who the REAL Idiot is.

    February 22, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  4. Sarah the failure Palin

    Of course what choice do they have

    February 22, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. StevieB


    Are we really supposed to take seriously anything put forward by Norm Coleman and John McCain's economic advisor? Seriously?

    Are there two more out of touch people – well, yeah quite a few, we saw that at CPAC, but that's another post......

    February 22, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Don't these people have anything better to do

    February 23, 2010 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
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