Mike Huckabee Statement on Mitt Romney's Decision To Not Run For President
I wanted to take a moment to thank Mitt Romney for his leadership these last years. I understand and respect his decision not to run for President. I wish Mitt and Ann nothing but the best and I am certain they will enjoy their time with family! God bless. - Mike
Marco Rubio Statement on Mitt Romney's Decision To Not Run For President
Over the past two years, there hasn't been a day when I didn't think that Mitt Romney would have been a better president than Barack Obama.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed getting to know Mitt and campaigning for him, was grateful for his support in my Senate race, and I know what a difficult decision this must be given his love of our country. He certainly earned the right to consider running, so I deeply respect his decision to give the next generation a chance to lead.
I wish him, Ann and his entire family the best and hope he will continue to serve our country and his community as he’s done throughout his life.
Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who have all been kind enough to volunteer their time during this deliberation stage. Welcome, and thank you. Your loyalty and friendship, and your desire to see the country with new, competent and conservative leadership warms my heart.
After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.
Let me give you some of my thinking. First, I am convinced that with the help of the people on this call, we could win the nomination. Our finance calls made it clear that we would have enough funding to be more than competitive. With few exceptions, our field political leadership is ready and enthusiastic about a new race. And the reaction of Republican voters across the country was both surprising and heartening. I know that early poll numbers move up and down a great deal during a campaign, but we would have no doubt started in a strong position. One poll out just today shows me gaining support and leading the next closest contender by nearly two to one. I also am leading in all of the four early states. So I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but fully realize it would have been difficult test and a hard fight.
I also believe with the message of making the world safer, providing opportunity to every American regardless of the neighborhood they live in, and working to break the grip of poverty, I would have the best chance of beating the eventual Democrat nominee, but that is before the other contenders have had the opportunity to take their message to the voters.
I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.
I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president. You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country. But we believe it is for the best of the Party and the nation.
I’ve been asked, and will certainly be asked again if there are any circumstances whatsoever that might develop that could change my mind. That seems unlikely. Accordingly, I’m not organizing a PAC or taking donations; I’m not hiring a campaign team.
I encourage all of you on this call to stay engaged in the critical process of selecting a Republican nominee for President. Please feel free to sign up on a campaign for a person who you believe may become our best nominee.
I believe a Republican winning back the White House is essential for our country, and I will do whatever I can to make that happen.
To all my supporters, friends and family who worked both tirelessly and loyally to support my campaigns in the past, I will always be deeply appreciative. What you have already done is a tribute to your patriotism. We are overwhelmed and humbled by your loyalty to us, by your generosity of spirit, and by your friendship. God bless you all.
Rand Paul Statement on Mitt Romney's Decision To Not Run For President
My family and I wish Mitt and Ann the best. We have gotten to know them over the last few years and deeply respect their family and Mitt's service. I hope to work together with him to grow our party and lead our country forward.
Jeb Bush Statement on Mitt Romney's Decision To Not Run For President
Mitt Romney has been a leader in our party for many years. There are few people who have worked harder to elect Republicans across the country than he has.
Though I’m sure today’s decision was not easy, I know that Mitt Romney will never stop advocating for renewing America’s promise through upward mobility, encouraging free enterprise and strengthening our national defense.
Mitt is a patriot and I join many in hoping his days of serving our nation and our party are not over. I look forward to working with him to ensure all Americans have a chance to rise up.
Columba and I wish Mitt, Ann and their entire family the very best.
Senator Rand Paul has named Steve Munisteri as a Senior Adviser of his RANDPAC Operation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Rand Paul has named Steve Munisteri as a senior adviser of his RANDPAC operation.
Senator Paul stated, “We are thrilled that Steve has decided to join our growing team. Steve has been a strong conservative leader in both Texas and national politics. As Chairman of the Texas Republican Party, Steve has successfully headed up the state party of the largest Republican State. His political expertise and knowledge will greatly benefit our team.”
As Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Steve Munisteri has played a vital role in expanding the party, engaging new constituencies and balancing fiscal responsibilities for the party. Munisteri successfully led the Texas Republican Party to victory over the past 3 electoral cycles. Under Munisteri’s leadership the Texas Republican Party set new records for the amount of Republican candidates elected and the increased support from minority and youth constituencies. Munisteri plans on stepping down as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas on March 7th, 2015.
Munisteri added, ” My top priority as Chairman these past five years has been to engage every Texas community. During my tenure, we established the position of African American Engagement, Asian American Engagement, and Hispanic Engagement. Senator Paul also shares my belief that the Republican Party cannot expect to win a national race unless we attract younger voters and take our message aggressively to the Hispanic, African American, and Asian American communities. He shares my vision of doing so by actively engaging community leaders, traveling to nontraditional Republican communities, and making it clear that everyone that shares our beliefs are welcome in our party. Most importantly, He believes we can be effective in doing so without compromising our principles. I have known Senator Paul for well over 30 years and I am proud to be part of his winning team.”
Doug Stafford, Executive Director of RANDPAC, commented on Munisteri joining the team, “I am very pleased Steve will be joining our team. As a party Chair in Texas he raised the bar for grassroots engagement and performance. His experience in multiple national campaigns will be invaluable to Senator Paul.”
Austin, TX - Republican Party of Texas State Chairman Steve Munisteri informed the State Republican Executive Committee today that he will resign as State Chairman effective Saturday, March 7th at 1:00 PM.
At the last meeting of the SREC, the Chairman proposed a bylaw amendment which allowed for there to be a seamless transition from the current Chair to a new Chairman without the necessity of the Vice Chairman taking over temporarily. The amendment allows an outgoing Chairman to set a future day for resignation on which date the election for a new Chairman could be held. This bylaw requires the outgoing Chairman to give at least 30 days written and irrevocable notice of a date and time certain.
As a result of this new bylaw, Chairman Munisteri will chair the business portion of the first quarterly meeting of the SREC, scheduled for March 7th in Austin. Other than the election of a new Chair, all business is expected to be concluded by 1:00 PM. At that time, an election for a new State Chairman will be held. Vice Chairwoman Amy Clark will preside over the election which will be conducted under Roberts Rules of Order. There will be as many rounds of voting as necessary until a candidate receives over 50% of the votes of the SREC. Candidates are not eliminated after each round unless they withdraw. There are 64 voting members of the SREC, including the Chairman and Vice Chairwoman. Once the Chairman steps down there will be 63, meaning 32 will constitute a majority.
There will be a candidate forum for SREC members sponsored by the RPT the night before the vote. This forum will be held in Austin at a site to be determined. There are currently four announced candidates running for Chairman. They include current RPT Treasurer Tom Mechler, current National Committeeman Dr. Robin Armstrong, current Dallas County GOP Chair Wade Emmert, and former Harris County GOP Chair Jared Woodfill.
Chairman Munisteri offered the following statement regarding his decision:
“Today I informed the SREC that I will be stepping down on March 7th. I have done so, in part, in order to accept the position of Senior Advisor to Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Senator Paul shares my vision of promoting the conservative values of individual freedom, limited government, a strong national defense, and defense of the Constitution in each and every community in our country.
My top priority as Chairman these past five years has been to engage every Texas community. During my tenure, we established the position of African American Engagement, Asian American Engagement, and Hispanic Engagement. We undertook a robust grassroots engagement program throughout the state which included a large number of field staff and Victory offices, with some being located in nontraditional Republican areas.
Senator Paul also shares my belief that the Republican Party cannot expect to win a national race unless we attract younger voters and take our message aggressively to the Hispanic, African American, and Asian American communities. He shares my vision of doing so by actively engaging community leaders, traveling to nontraditional Republican communities, and making it clear that everyone that shares our beliefs are welcome in our party. Most importantly, he believes we can be effective in doing so without compromising our principles. I have known Senator Paul for well over 30 years and have found him to be one of the most intelligent, well-read, well-informed, and rational thinkers that I have ever encountered. I am honored to assist him in whatever his future endeavors may be.
It has been my honor to serve as RPT Chairman since June 2010 and oversee our party’s efforts during the last three election cycles. I am proud that by working together, we have had a net increase of 1,182 Republican officeholders during my time in office, representing an increase from 45% of all state officeholders to 67%. We have also set the all-time record for most number of elected Republican Texas State Representatives and Republican Texas Congressmen, as well as tying the record for most number of Republican State Senators.
At the same time, we paid off the party’s debt to $0 for the first time in 18 years and have remained debt free since November 2010 while bringing in over $22 million in revenue. This would not have been possible without the support of literally tens of thousands of grassroots activists and donors, for which I will be forever grateful. It has been the honor of my life to represent tens of millions of Texas Republicans and I wish our new Chairman well, whoever that may be, and plan to offer my support in whichever way I can help.”
Carly Fiorina to Speak at Gipper Award Presentation
The New Hampshire Young Republicans are proud to announce that former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Unlocking Potential Chairman Carly Fiorina will be speaking at our Gipper Award presentation. The event will take place on Saturday March 7, 2015 at the Grappone Center in Concord beginning at 4pm.
The Gipper Award is our organization’s highest honor and is given yearly to a male and female Republican under age 40 who displays an outstanding effort in promoting New Hampshire’s youth in the political process and the Republican cause. This year’s recipients are former State Representative and NHYR Southern Regional Vice Chairman Shaun Doherty and former State Representative and 2014 Republican Congressional nominee Marilinda Garcia.
Carly Fiorina is a leader in the business world, best-selling author and highly sought after speaker. Florina is the former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard and was the Republican nominee for United States Senate seat in California in 2010. Since her Senate campaign, Florina has traveled the country speaking on her experience in business and politics. She is the Chairman of Unlocking Potential, a project with the goal of engaging conservative women in the political process.
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