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Chief White House Correspondent Norah O'Donnell guest hosts this Sunday's "Face the Nation" with guests Senator John McCain, Economist Mark Zandi and former party chairs, Ed Gillespie of the Republican National Committee and Terry McAuliffe of the Democratic National Committee.
And they're off! The Republican field for the presidential nomination came into focus in the past week as Texas Governor Rick Perry entered with a splash, wedging himself with Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in the top tier of the race.
WASHINGTON — Crossing a generational divide in politics can be difficult, as former Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah, a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, made clear when he referred to “the Google” in a speech to kick off the annual convention of the College Republicans National Committee over the weekend.
(CNN) – Twenty-six million dollars was raised by Super PACs in the first half of 2011, 83 percent of which came from five groups, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The five groups that accounted for $22 million of the total were: Restore Our Future, American Crossroads, Priorities USA Action, American Bridge 21st Century and Majority PAC, according to the Sunlight Foundation.
Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chairman, is on the board of Resurgent Republic, a conservative polling and advocacy group. The firm asked pollsters Ed Goeas, Glen Bolger, and John McLaughlin to hold focus groups with independent voters who back President Obama. Mr. Gillespie and the pollsters were guests at the July 8 Monitor breakfast in Washington.
Republican Strategist Ed Gillespie Plans To Recruit 100 Hispanic State Legislature Candidates For 2012
WASHINGTON – The same Republican strategist who presciently focused his party's resources on winning state legislatures in the last election is now trying to patch up the party's relationship with Hispanic voters, with an eye toward saving the GOP from itself.
Ed Gillespie, the 48-year-old former White House adviser to President George W. Bush, announced Monday that he is spearheading an effort to recruit at least 100 Hispanic candidates to run for seats in state legislatures around the country in 2012.
"The demographics of America are changing, and any political party that fails to recognize that is going to find themselves consigned to minority status in the not too distant future," Gillespie said on a conference call with reporters.
The GOP will win the Senate, the House, and the White House in 2012, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie predicted confidently in an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview.
Voters who cast ballots for Barack Obama in 2008 now see that he is “in over his head,” Gillespie said. A combination of a bad economy, a failure in leadership, and Republican redistricting of House seats in many states will give the party the trifecta, he said.
Ed Gillespie and Nick Ayers, two veteran GOP operatives, have been tapped to lead the Republican National Committee's transition to new leadership.
Reince Priebus, who unseated Michael Steele as head of the RNC last week, announced Wednesday that Gillespie was named transition chairman and Ayers will serve as transition director, The New York Times reported.
Gillespie once held the job Priebus won on Friday. He was elected RNC chairman in 2003 and went on to serve as a counselor to President George W. Bush. Gillespie has been an adviser to a number of GOP candidates.
Stunning Republican gains in governorships and state legislatures on Election Night will change the political map for a decade and will greatly complicate President Barack Obama's path to re-election in 2012, top Republicans tell Newsmax.
Tuesday's Democratic reversals at the state-level Tuesday were nothing short of stunning. Pre-election, Democrats controlled 26 governorships to the Republicans' 24. After the election, Democrats controlled just 15 statehouses, while Republicans controlled 28.