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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource politics news from Newsy Despite predictions to the contrary, embattled Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is running for re-election. MICHAEL STEELE, RNC CHAIR, FOX NEWS: “My style is a little bit different than most conventional Republican Party chairmen. My style is much more grassroots-oriented. I’m much more of a street guy. The party needs to get outside its comfort zone.” In a statement Monday Steele said his job was only half-done -- reiterating his commitment to making Barack Obama a one-term president. But Steele remains a divisive figure within his own party - facing allegations of finance mismanagement and a less-than-impressive fundraising record. Party leaders allege the committee is as much as $15 million in debt -- and that that debt cost the party seats in November’s midterm elections. (VIDEO FROM KGTV) CNN suggests Steele’s problems don’t stop there -- he also had trouble managing his own image. “Earlier this year, the financial reports showed the RNC spent tens of thousands of donor dollars on what some considered questionable expenses including nearly $2000 in a topless nightclub in California. Add to that Steele’s series of controversial comments, including calling Afghanistan a - quote - ‘war of Obama’s choosing.’” So he’s in it -- but can he win it? There are 168 members of the RNC - and The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza estimates Steele has the backing of just 40. “How Steele plans to build beyond that base -- and whether he can -- remains to be seen. But it's hard to envision his reelection campaign succeeding, particularly given the forces lined up against him and with other candidates.” About those other candidates - there could be as many as six contenders. Blogger Ana Marie Cox tells MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow -- those potential opponents are better at raising big money. But Steele’s shortcomings could work in his favor. COX: “People who work in this area describe it to me as venal, pathetic 98-year-old people, in the contest who can suck up to them the most. ... And Michael Steele did not keep them happy.” MADDOW: “And he bragged about that. That was part of his appeal. He said, listen, I'm raising small dollar donations and it's a positive thing because it shows I have a broader appeal. Yeah, I'm neglecting the larger scale donors, but he carried them as a badge of honor.” Committee members convene to vote in January. Click here to see who's challenging Steele. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
15 Dec 2010
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY ALYSSA CARTEE You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy One Virginia State Senator thinks he has the perfect solution for the state’s budget blues: castration. Virginia is one of 20 states with a civil commitment program, keeping sex offenders in custody after they have been released from prison to receive psychiatric treatment. The program used to cost the state about $3 million a year but now costs about $24 million a year. State Senator Emmett Hanger thinks castration would be an effective way to drastically cut those costs. Mary Devoy, founder of Reform Sex Offender Laws of Virginia is taken aback by the idea, saying... “When abuse and mutilation of a human being is presented as an acceptable alternative to responsible treatment and housing for those deemed as sexually violent predators there exists a fault of reason.” Even though the bill would only allow the state to conduct studies on the effectiveness of a castration policy, bloggers at The American Prospect says its risky for the government to make the final decision about an irreversible surgical procedure. “Sure, (the Republican Party) might oppose government efforts to alleviate poverty or guarantee health insurance, but when it comes to the power of life and death--or at least personal autonomy--they trust that the government will make the right choice in every circumstance.” However, while castration is a jarring concept, Cincinnati’s WKRC says Virginia isn’t the first state to consider it for sex offenders. “Eight other states do allow some form of castration for sex offenders. But only Louisiana and Texas allow physical castration. California was the first state to allow sex offenders to be chemically castrated. That was in 1996.” Hanger proposed a similar bill in 2007 which passed through the state legislature but was vetoed by then Governor Tim Kaine. The Daily Press thinks Virginia’s new governor, Bob McDonnell, may be key in passing this bill. “Now it's back. This time, under a conservative governor who I bet is less likely to flinch. Especially since Gov. Bob McDonnell just had to ask for $70 million to cover the civil commitment program for the next two years.” Hanger believes the idea of castration is not at all radical and will get at the root the a sexual predator's drive to assault. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
1 Feb 2011
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Transcript by Newsy. BY JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource political video news analysis from Newsy. In a new public service announcement, Barbara Bush supports gay marriage in New York. No, we’re not talking about mother Bush --- we’re talking about the quiet, conservative, Ivy-league educated twin, so rarely heard from. Here’s the video: “I’m Barbara Bush, and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality. .. New York is about fairness, and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love. Join us.” Bush’s father, former president George Bush -- was outspoken against legalizing gay marriage, having pushed for a constitutional amendment banning such unions. But Barbara is joining a growing movement of young women from prominent Republican families who support gay marriage: Women like Meghan McCain, daughter of senator John McCain and Mary Cheney, former vice president Dick Cheney’s openly lesbian daughter. The Republican party still officially opposes gay marriage. But President Obama and former president Bill Clinton have also been hesitant to legalize gay unions. This has many media outlets saying -- this is no longer a PARTISAN issue. Politico calls it a “generational divide.” Which seems to be backed by a CNN poll: “Among those 18 to 34 years old, 58 percent said same-sex marriages should be legal... 42 percent among respondents 35 to 49 years old, and to 41 percent for those 50 to 64 years of age... Only 24 percent of Americans 65 and older support recognizing same-sex marriages as valid.” A New York Times writer says this video is important for another reason -- Jenna Bush is often in the spotlight -- but Barbara is the quiet twin. “[Bush] rarely speaks out on American political issues, making her foray into the same-sex marriage debate so striking.” Fox News dubs Bush the “Power Player of the Week,” and goes beyond the PSA to detail her other passion: Global Health Care, her project to provide better health care around the world. FOX’s Chris Wallace asks Bush if these are stepping stones to a bigger career move: WALLACE: “Do you have any interest... in running for office?” BUSH: “Jenna and I both grew up with our grandfather in politics, and our dad in politics, and I just don’t see that being a decision I would want to make for myself in the future.” Bush is just one of many high-profile New Yorkers featured in the videos -- aimed at state legislators debating a marriage equality bill in Albany. So what do you think about this new wave of young Republicans with more liberal social views? Are Barbara, Meghan, and Mary setting the tone for a new generation of GOP? Get more multisource political video news analysis from Newsy.
5 Feb 2011
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BY STEPHANIE HICKMAN You're watching multisource political video news analysis from Newsy. The Grand Old Party is searching for its next presidential candidate, and so far- it looks like just about anybody could top the ballot. Digital Journal summarizes a new poll released from the Pew Research Center reveals- “When asked which GOP presidential candidate they had heard the most about, 53 percent of those surveyed could not provide a name. While the results may reflect a combination of light candidate news coverage and the fact that the election is more than a year away, the lack of knowledge is somewhat surprising given the many important issues facing the country.” Another poll from CBS and The New York Times found similar results. In fact, CBS’ Jan Crawford reports a majority of Republicans say they aren’t excited about any of the candidates. JAN CRAWFORD (CBS NEWS): “...56% of the voters, are not fired up about anyone right now. Those numbers show voters either don’t know the candidates or they’re still looking for someone else.” That same survey also looked at favorability ratings amongst the potential candidates. And while some didn’t pull in big numbers, Crawford suggests- that doesn’t necessarily mean they are viewed unfavorably. CRAWFORD: “Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota Governor, is signaling he is running for president...he has a 20% favorability rating but 78% of people say that they just don’t know enough about him. So again, voters are looking for more information.” So what gives? On HLN, conservative author Andrew Breitbart gives his take on why the GOP has yet to find a candidate who stands out among the rest. “The men in the Republican Party to a great extent are eunuchs. They’re so cowed by political correctness that they’re afraid to give an opinion without taking a poll to find out which is the right position on something. They alter their language because they don’t want to be called a racist, sexist, or a homaphobe.” The race is so wide open- even candidates who might normally be considered long-shots seem to have a chance. Case in point- business mogul Donald Trump. CNN: “He’s polling in our latest CNN opinion research poll among Republicans in first place, tied with Mike Huckabee. So whether he’s a serious candidate or not, when asked about Donald Trump, he’s getting a good deal of support in some corners.” Finally- The New York Times points out- it’s still too early to really determine where the candidates stand. “How well a candidate is known at this stage of a campaign is not necessarily a reflection of where they will stand when the race engages in earnest. For instance, at this point four years ago, 77 percent of Republicans surveyed ... said they did not know enough about Mr. Romney to form an opinion of him. Yet he was one of the better-known candidates by the time he dropped out in February 2008.” The CBS/New York Times poll also revealed more than half of the surveyed Republican voters consider themselves Tea Party supporters- and 47 percent say they believe President Obama was born in a foreign country. 'Like Newsy' on Facebook for more video updates in your feed. Get more multisource politics video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
23 Apr 2011
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*******www.taipanfinancialnews**** -- Analyze political platforms? Drill deep into opinion polls? Chart voting districts? Call Zogby? Forget it! Amberger is picking his favorite Republican candidate based on the most superficial of indicators.
1 Apr 2007
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Many wonder if this grandpa from Texas has a real chance of winning or not. Can He?
12 Dec 2007
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22 Jan 2008
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9 May 2008
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GOP House of Cards Your Daily Politics Video Blog: Last night the Democrats snatched up the open House seat in Mississippi's heavily Republican 1st district, their third pickup this year of an open seat previously held by a Republican. In each case, the national GOP threw everything they had at holding onto the seat. In today's episode we explore just how bad a sign this could be for the GOP's prospects come November.
15 May 2008
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The message of John McCain's new attack ad that debuted Saturday both perfects and makes more harsh a theme that his campaign has been developing for weeks: specifically, that the Illinois Democrat does not care about American troops. The Obama campaign defended itself with John McCain's own words - an excerpt from the Congressional Record meant to embarrass McCain for his tactics. In a floor speech from May 2007, John McCain said: "How can we possibly find honor in using the fate of our servicemen to score political advantage in Washington? There is no pride to be had in such efforts. We are at war, a hard and challenging war, and we do no service for the best of us-those who fight and risk all on our behalf-by playing politics with their service." In June, McCain apologized for using the image of Gen. David Petraeus in a political mailer, saying that politicization of the military would "not happen again" in his campaign. Once again, McCain says one thing but does another. Or is this just another "Senior Moment" for McCain? Forgetting what he has said previously, positions he has previously taken, facts like timelines, when the surge started, the difference between Shia and Sunni, that Czechoslovakia is a country that has not existed for the past 15 years as a nation, that Putin is not the President of Germany, that you can not veto a beer, that you do not deliver bottled hot water to dehydrated babies, that the borders of Iraq and Afghanistan are separate and distinct, etc, etc., ad nauseum. Such "Senior Moments" were called "bloopers" or "gaffes" with George W. Bush, but with a 72 year-old John McCain such moments must be seen for what they are, namely: Alzheimer's Disease.... www.huffingtonpost****
18 Oct 2012
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The Rise and Fall of The GOP Your Daily Politics Video Blog: Generational election? Political sea change? After a few days in St. Paul, TPMtv's David Kurtz is beginning to be convinced.
5 Sep 2008
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20 Oct 2008
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