I will try to post up pre-debate interviews for all of the candidates.
All six candidates for the Republican National Committee Chairmanship will face off in debate on January 3, 2011. What a way to start off the year.
Current Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele has confirmed that he will participate in the January 3 debate to be co-hosted by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and the Daily Caller, making our debate the first in which all six RNC Chair candidates will face-off.
Also confirmed for the debate, Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis, former RNC political director Gentry Collins and former ambassador to Luxembourg Ann Wagner have also agreed to pre-debate interviews with SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Chair and American Principles Project board member Maggie Gallagher. (Full interviews can be viewed here.) Former RNC official Maria Cino has also confirmed her attendance to the debate.
I’ll post up the video interviews of the candidates in separate posts.
You can submit and vote on questions to be asked – prizes too, if your question is chosen.
The public can vote for questions addressing the Life issue to be asked at the debate on RNCDebate.org. The event will take place in the Ballroom of the National Press Club and stream live online at RNCdebate.org between 1:00pm and 2:30pm ET.
Reince Priebus and Michael Steele
Conversations with a number of strategists close to the RNC – and its 168 voting members – suggest that none of the six candidates in the running are anywhere close to securing the 85 votes needed to claim the chairmanship.
But two tiers of candidates have begun to emerge, with the top three seen as potential winners and the bottom three regarded as longer shots. Given the number of undecided voters and the unpredictability of the ballot process, though, it’s hard to count anyone out at the moment.
Chris Cilliza ranks the candidates.
But, it is difficult to do an accurate whip count at this time.
Now, if Sarah Palin weighs into this race who will she support?
“The Republican National Committee, the GOP’s fundraising and organizational arm, is facing a “cashflow challenge” and can’t pay all of its bills on time. In a memo Tuesday, RNC Chief Administrative Officer Boyd Rutherford wrote, “We will not be able to pay off the vendors this week. We will be slow in paying as we are having a cashflow challenge. Everyone will be slow paid until after the first of the year.”The acknowledgment by Rutherford of the RNC’s money woes comes at a bad time for the group’s chairman, Michael Steele, who already faces several potential challengers for another two-year term, writes the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza. Aside from Steele’s verbal gaffes, the cash-flow issue is likely to re-open the debate about his financial stewardship, the Post said.”