Republicans Tell Californians: You Can Elect A Conservative

GOP members tell Californians not to give up hope.

Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota and presidential hopeful, told California Republicans on Saturday that it is possible to elect a conservative candidate in a state often deemed too liberal and overlooked by most campaigners.

Pawlenty spoke to about 250 supporters at the California Republican Convention, about half the number that attended Newt Gingrich’s speech earlier in the day

“If I can be a conservative governor in Minnesota, we can do it anywhere,” he said, noting that Minnesota has elected liberal politicians such as Al Franken and Walter Mondale.

He told Californians that they live in the most entrepreneurial and innovative state in the country, and they must fight to keep it that way, arguing that only lower taxes and less government intervention will stimulate the economy.

Pawlenty withdrew his presidential bid last summer after a disappointing Ames Straw Poll taken by Iowa Republicans. He subsequently endorsed Mitt Romney, who along with friends, family and staff donated $66,000 to pay down Pawlenty’s campaign debts.

“One of the questions you should ask of your candidate is ‘have they actually run something?’” He praised Romney as the only presidential candidate with business experience who has his “head, heart and mouth connected.”

He believes Romney is the only candidate capable of rallying Republicans to defeat President Barack Obama.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who also spoke at the convention, believes President Obama’s policies may swing even more to the left if he wins a second term.

“Every liberal pipe dream the president has had, he’s done knowing he would have to be reelected,” Priebus said. “Imagine what the president would do if he didn’t have to face reelection.”

Priebus said he is also worried about the country’s escalating debt, and China’s influence over US economic prosperity.

“We have to come together as a unified party. Our stimulus plan is to fire Barack Obama and save America once and for all,” he said.

tinytom February 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
It's a tough question and I only know because of a book I recently read. Roosevelt was an upstate New York guy that backed the rural farmers in supporting higher food prices over the city immigrant Tammany Democrats that wanted lower food prices. Roosevelt also allied with the Southern Democrats who of course were not allied with the Tammany Democrats.
Tonto February 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Well, lets get it all out there - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwhKuunp8D8 just to be well balanced :)
Summer Hemphill March 22, 2012 at 08:23 AM
The problem with the Republican Party nowadays is that it's an unholy trinity of the divinely delusional,the financially prosperous & the morally bankrupt !!! With their presidential candidates trying to out conservative one another & Republicans waging a campaign against women & voter rights,it could be Goldwater all over again !!!
met00 March 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM
That's okay. As Romney's guy said yesterday, the voters minds are an etch-a-sketch... After moving right in the primaries, the candidates got to shake the voters heads and they forget everything that was done and then the candidate can start all over again, as if everything he said and did didn't happen. Obviously someone thinks the voters are really stupid. The problem here is that he is depressingly correct if you look at how people actually vote.
MFriedrich May 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Personally, can do without the current Republican moralizing. It's a huge, worthless distraction, not to mention a waste of time. I much more prefer the Ron Paul approach to political conservativism: pro-business, pro rugged individualism, anti-government interventionism, sound monetary policy, prudent defense spending, dramatic reduction in foreign military interventions and an emphasis on saving/invest in "American" capital for the future. People think that the 1%ers and banks created the financial mess. They did their part, but it was really the Fed, the US Congress and both Presidents Bush and Obama who presided over this disaster. They were the ones who actually allowed failed banks to be illegally bailed out with taxpayer money that doesn't even exist. They should have let them all fail so that new banks could take over. Instead, the US is hopelessly underwater with debt, and on an identical economic and financial trajectory as Japan back in 1990. The idea that Romney or Obama have the answers for the next 4 years is insane. Both supported the bailouts.


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