Republican Party launches 'Rising Stars' program
August 13th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
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Republican Party launches 'Rising Stars' program

Washington (CNN) - In a fresh effort to present a more diverse tableau to the American voter, the Republican National Committee is rolling out a "Rising Stars" initiative this week in Boston, the site of the party's summer meeting.

The aim of the program, a party official said, is to leverage the party's resources and national media connections to highlight Republican candidates, elected officials, writers and activists who rarely surface in the national political conversation.

The RNC will put its institutional muscle behind the new bench of Republican voices – many of them women, minorities and young people – by booking them on television and radio as surrogates for the party.

The program begins Thursday with a panel discussion featuring RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and the first four Republicans spotlighted as rising stars: T.W. Shannon, Oklahoma's first African-American Speaker of the House; New Hampshire state Rep. Marilinda Garcia; conservative writer Scott Erickson; and Karin Agness, the founder of a group for conservative college women.

"If you've met these impressive individuals, you've met the future of our party," Priebus said in a statement.

"Rising Stars is about spotlighting some of the incredible talent in our party – from activists and authors to candidates and elected officials. Karin, Scott, Marilinda, and T.W. are already making names for themselves, and we're excited to share their stories and accomplishments with the rest of the party and the country."

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  1. onlyfacts

    In other words, "we are finding people you haven't learned to dislike yet and we're going to groom them to appeal to the groups that don't like us. We will continue with the same message and agenda, but we think you'll vote for us next time, because these rising stars are just like you". ps Please scratch Palin, Ryan, Perry, Jindhal and any other crazies from any previous lists. They weren't able to fool anyone. Thanks the RNC.

    August 13, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    You have got to be kidding while the same old GOP stooges pull the strings,Bachmann,Cruz Rubio boner delay, McConnell, same old,same old GOP farts?????? What's up with that mr pennies????

    August 13, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. California Gary

    They better hope they have some real talent on the back bench..........because the people they are putting out front right now are a bunch of losers.

    August 13, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. USAPeasant

    Sad to see Priebus blundering about as usual. Lol, I mean some small state level politician, a writier, and an activist are suppose to be the Rising Stars of the GOP? Lol, the sad thing is that the GOP does actually have many people rising to star status (I define star status as having recognition by the commonfolk on the national stage, whether or not said "Stars" are good or bad is up to the voter to decide.). Let's see some debates with Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, and Marco Rubio. You know, the only people that are going to actually have star power going into the 2014 and 2016 election.

    The GOP is so worried about appealing to women and minorities that they have to get tokens to talk with and this just makes it ever more apparant that the GOP has a defecit of women and minority candidates on the national stage. I think most people really don't care about Dem or GOP racial/sexist pandering. Look at all the variety of people Ron Paul got to support him, many of which are well outside the traditional GOP demographic. The American people aren't dumb, they know when you're pandering. The American people are starved for great ideas, big thinkers, and liberty, not for being told how one party is more racist than the other party.

    August 13, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Never heard of any of them.

    Guess the GOP isn't making all that much effort to get them in the public eye.

    August 13, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. jinx9to88

    LMAO! Wow. Young stars like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio? LMAO.

    August 13, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    All the new talent are clones who must pass a conservative Tea Party purity test.

    August 13, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Rising Stars is about spotlighting some of the incredible talent in our party – from activists and authors to candidates and elected officials...."

    Rising Stars is about putting a bandaid on the self-inflicted gunshot wound of having alienated minority voters with our rhetoric and our policies for some 7 decades. We intend to pose the question: "We tricked them, so why not you?"


    August 13, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Bubba

    Most GOP "Rising Stars" end up being burnt toast. Read the writing on the wall. The GOP is in a Death Spiral.

    August 13, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Name Uche Agonsi

    'The skin might be Esua's, but the voice....Jacob's '. These guys/ babes might be good, but they get spoilt by the Tea Party doctr........politics of hate, legislative logjams, tax evasion, destruction of middle class Americans & the poor , war mongering, etc. Its not the people, its the doctrines these days.

    August 13, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Will Louie Gohmert be attending ?

    He is the supernova of GOP rising stars.

    Are tickets still available ?

    August 13, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    No matter what these rethuglican idiots say, they are deemed losers for a decade or two. Abortion, voter id, immigration etc will never win. Because these GOP guys are nation destroyers. They want Wars–in a raw language.

    August 13, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    Well, if it is introducing the same quality of "rising stars" that launched such "meteorites" as Pompador Perry, 999 Cain, and Manic Michelle, then Sheldon is in for a big "bazinga" as this new GOP show will be a comedic smash hit!

    August 13, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. lakerlee

    They can come up with all the new faces they want but if they don't change the message their efforts will be futile...
    Reinhold you still don't get it...! Your autopsy needs and autopsy...

    August 13, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Lisa P.

    So this is a politically correct reboot of "Young Guns" for people who want to pretend that the same old GOP isn't hiding behind the "Rising Stars" curtain? Got it! "Young Guns" for the gullible!

    August 13, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. geg

    more like a shooting star party

    August 13, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Winston Smith

    The list would be longer if they talked of falling stars. Every time one of them opens their mouth, another black hole is created in the galaxy.

    August 13, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. Just a thought

    How about calling it " Crash and Burn, a GOP/tea-troll candidates first ride in the clown car" Start the stupid

    August 13, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. tomj

    The Republican party better ask for John McCain's resignation, before he brings down the whole party with his daily calls for wars and his narrow minded

    August 13, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  20. Gwiz

    Oh My GOD RUN THE PANDERING HAS STARTED. just cause u roll out a black guy 2 women and xome conservative authors nobodies heard of doesnt mean you guys will ever get rid of your racist anti gay anti womens rights and anti immigration and anti common sense tag you created for yourselves. the only way to get rid of it is to get rid of the repuglicans serving and replace them with more moderate people who actually listen to voters and not special interests.

    August 14, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  21. Marie MD

    There are so many "rising stars" in this old party that it will be fun to watch them explode into oblivion just like the real stars.

    August 14, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |

    Minorities and women. The very people that the Guns Over People Shutdown Government tea potty hate when they're not hating each other.

    August 14, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  23. quinLee

    there is a problem when you have to say things like, "see, we have minority friends" or "see, we have binders full of women" or "see, we can do the Google".

    even though the really loud and ridiculous tend to get the most attention, the majority of Americans aren't fooled by such rubbish.

    August 14, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |