Thursday, September 27, 2007

Third Quarter for Presidential Fundraising Ends Sunday

On September 30 the third quarter for Presidential campaign fundraising comes to a close. Early estimates, and numbers leaked from campaigns, can be expected next week while the final totals and the contribution reports will not be available until October 15.

Historically fundraising totals for the third quarter are lower than previous two quarters. Much of this can be attributed to the August vacation season and the fact that the easily accessible donors have already contributed to the campaign of their choice.

Whatever the totals are, they will surely reveal information about the direction GOP campaigns. In the coming weeks totals will provide greater insight in to Mayor Giuliani’s frontrunner status, the stability of Senator McCain’s campaign and the traction of Senator Thompson’s campaign.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Addressing the Needs of the People

Earlier this month Governor Schwarzenegger told a crowd at the California GOP convention "If our party doesn't address the needs of the people, the needs of Republicans themselves - the voters, registered Republicans included, will look elsewhere for their political affiliation." He went on to tout the importance of attracting moderate voters to the Party stating that "Our party has lost the middle, and we will not regain true political power in California until we get it back."

The Governor’s comments could not come at a more opportune time for California, or for our nation and our Party as a whole. If we want to gain back “true political power”-- as the Governor stated—including a majority in Congress, then now is the time to act. As we witness a divide in our Party widening, and as leaders and candidates alike continue pander to the far-right, it is time to let our leaders know where the Real Republican Majority stands. If you have not already, please join thousands of common sense Republicans across the nation in letting our Party leaders know where you stand. Click here to sign the Real Republican Majority proxy today. If you have already joined in our proxy, we invite you to forward the link on to friends and family, to help spread the word about the common sense, common ground Real Republican Majority.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Former GOP Candidate Attacks National Party in New Book

Exactly one year ago today, former Senator Lincoln Chafee (RI) successfully defeated his far-right primary opponent. Chafee went on to be defeated in the November general election in the anti-incumbent, anti-Republican wave that swept the nation, but it was in his moment of victory that the moderate wing of the Republican Party exhibited its great influence.

Now Chafee's GOP opponent, Steve Laffey (who is the former mayor of Cranston), has released a book entitled, "Primary Mistake: How the Washington Republican Establishment Lost Everything in 2006 (and Sabotaged My Senatorial Campaign)." The title, and likely much of the contents, of this book only serves to further divide the Republican Party. Of course, differing views are welcome within the 'Big Tent' GOP, but by placing blame on certain individuals for a loss Laffey has merely underscored what so many already have to say about the GOP.

Party leaders, political pundits and the general public agreed that Senator Chafee was the only Republican who would be able to pull off a win in the general election in 2006 due to the fact that Rhode Island is turning more and more to the left. Although Chafee ultimately did not win re-election, we do know that the margin of that loss would have been much greater if Laffey had been the Republican contender in that race.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Fred Thompson Formally Enters Presidential Race

Former Senator Fred Thompson formally entered the race for the presidency in an announcement that aired last night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In a calculated move, Thompson took away some of the limelight from the other presidential candidates at the close of the debate by his appearance on the show.

At the UNH-Durham debate, candidates were quizzed on Thompson's late entry into the race and how they thought it would affect his chances of winning. Candidates responses were as follows:

MR. HUCKABEE: Well, Brit, I was scheduled to be on Jay Leno tonight, but I gave up m slot for somebody else because I’d rather be in New Hampshire with these fine people. You know, Brit, Fred is -- Fred is from Nashville, Tennessee, home of George Jones, who is often called "No-Show George" for not showing up at his concerts. And maybe Senator Thompson will be known as the no-show for the presidential debates.
But I’m proud to be sharing the stage with these guys, because we’re running for president, and we’re delighted to be here.
And I certainly appreciate getting this opportunity.

REP. PAUL: Well, I welcome him to the race because, very specifically, he will help dilute the vote for my benefit because he will be pro-war -- and I’m the anti-war candidate representing the Republican traditional position.

SEN. MCCAIN: Well, I think that’s a decision that Fred should make. Maybe we’re up past his bedtime, but the point is. You know, one thing I know about New Hampshire and I know well is that the people of New Hampshire expect to see you. They expect to see you a lot, and they expect to see you at townhall meetings and at places all over this great state of New Hampshire. And they expect to see you before they make up their mind.
One of the many Arizonans who ran for president of the United States unsuccessfully, like all of us -- Morris Udall. Once -- he was a very funny man. As you know, once he said -- a fellow in Manchester said to the other one, "What do you think about Mo Udall for president," and the guy said, "I don’t know. I only met him twice." And you know the reason why that joke is funny is because it’s true, and my advice to Fred is get out into the arena, Fred.

MR. ROMNEY: You know, the only question I have for Senator Thompson is, why the hurry? Why not take some more time off? Maybe January, February might be a better time to make a final decision about getting in this race.

MR. GIULIANI: I like Fred a lot. I think Fred is a really, really good man. I think he’s done a pretty good job of playing my part on "Law & Order." I personally prefer the real thing, and -- but I think Fred will add something to this race. But I think this is a nomination you have to earn, though.

The full transcript of last night's GOP debate is available by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 Live from the GOP Debate! was on the ground today in New Hampshire speaking with NH Party leaders, leaders in Congress, Congressional candidates and more about the issues facing our nation today and that were the major topics of tonight's 'First in the Fall' debate.

Immigration, the war in Iraq and the war on terror were the major topics of discussion. Each candidate was given the opportunity to make clear their position and policy on these issues and more. There was a noticable absence of time placed on 'moral issues'-- those issues that tend to divide our GOP instead of providing solutions and a united front to Republican voters and Americans nationwide.

Stay tuned to this site tomorrow for a complete review of the First in the Fall debate. Live from the GOP Debate!, a co-sponsor of tonight's 'First in the Fall' debate, is in New Hampshire and ready for tonight's GOP debate! Eight leading candidates will participate in the debate which will air live on Fox News at 9pm EST.

We are looking forward to listening to what each candidate has to offer on leading issues of our day. It is imperative that these presidential candidates show broad appeal and can bring in moderate Republicans and Americans across the nation.

Stay tuned to this blog for updates throughout the day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

First in the Fall Debate Tomorrow

With Labor Day behind us, the presidential campaign season is officially underway. Over the next few months, leading up to the super-primary day of February 5th, all eyes will be on the GOP and Democratic candidates alike to see who will put out the nomination.

The 'First in the Fall' debate, to be held tomorrow, September 5th, presents an opportunity for the GOP candidates to prove their staying power. The debate will be held at the University of New Hampshire-Durham and will air nationally on Fox News at 9pm EST. Eight candidates will be present for the debate, including all but Senator Fred Thompson who will appear on The Tonight Show with jay Leno, airing immediately after the debate. It is being reported that Thompson will formally announce his candidacy this week.

For more, click here.