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?
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks during a Republican election night results watch rally, in Washington, November 2, 2010
Say what you will about him — Michael Steele plays by nobody else’s rules. He shocked the political world on Monday night by announcing he’d run for reelection as chairman of the Republican National Committee. We admire his pluck, but not his judgment. It’s time for someone else to run the RNC.
The party — and the country — can’t afford to hope for another political bailout in 2012, a cycle that will be even more important than 2010. Republicans will be looking to defend, consolidate, and expand legislative gains, and not just President Obama’s agenda, but the president himself, will be on the ballot. It is thus crucial that every GOP institution be running on all cylinders. For all the Herculean work of the outside groups, there are certain tasks for which only the party committee is suited, given its ability to coordinate with state parties. If nothing else, the subpar reputation the RNC has earned under Steele’s leadership will make it impossible for the committee to work at its optimum.
Steele’s poor performance as chairman has had one fortunate side effect — it has created a robust field of alternatives. It gives us no pleasure to say this, but none of them would be worse than Steele, and we believe any of them would be better. Someone else deserves a chance at the top of the RNC.
Michael Steele should declare success, secure another gig, perhaps on Fox News, write a book and leave the RNC.