It’s Reagan, Day 2

State Republican convention Day 2, same verse as Day 1: Return to the Reagan days. "I want us to go back to the playbook of Ronald Reagan," Gov. Tim Pawlenty told fellow Republicans this morning. "He was strong and positive and hopeful and optimistic." Reagan’s name was brought up time after time when Republicans began…
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Coleman And The Kid

A highlight of U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman’s acceptance speech was when he picked up Wyatt Rech of Montgomery, Minn. The boy, a cancer victim, smiled broadly as Coleman held him in front of more than 1,200 Republicans. Said Coleman: "He may be the most powerful person in the room, today. In my mind he is…
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Fighting Time

Republicans spent Friday fighting among themselves, something Democrats are known to do. The main fight throughout the day at the state convention was about things such as rules and delegates. Most opposition came from delegates supporting Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul. Some shoving between Paul supporters and Sen. John McCain backers was reported,…
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Barrett Sits It Out

When Michael Barrett ran against U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of western Minnesota two years ago, he said he would run again this year if he lost. But Barrett, a Republican state official, said that health concerns kept him from campaigning again in 2008. He is working at the GOP state convention in Rochester.

Coleman And Franken

Sen. Norm Coleman delivered a 35-minute speech this afternoon after getting endorsed for re-election, but it is what his speech lacked that caught political reporters’ attention — the name of his likely opponent this fall. But Coleman had no trouble talking about Democrat Al Franken in a news conference afterward. Coleman said Democrats will have…
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