Re­pub­li­can party leader has rosy out­look dur­ing visit to Colorado

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

The chief of the Re­pub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee said Thurs­day dur­ing a visit to Den­ver that her party is “in the best place we’ve ever been,” de­spite the head­line-grab­bing in­fight­ing and re­ports of donors shy­ing away from open­ing their pock­et­books.

“The RNC has had, ac­tu­ally, record fundrais­ing in a post-pres­i­den­tial year,” Chair­woman Ronna Rom­ney McDaniel said at the Westin Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port. “That shows that our base is ral­ly­ing around what our pres­i­dent put for­ward in terms of his agenda. … I think we’re in the best place we’ve ever been as a party.”

When asked about the pub­lic bat­tles between Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and a fel­low Re­pub­li­can, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Ten­nessee, Rom­ney McDaniel chalked it up to dif­fer­ences of opin­ion. Corker called the White House “an adult day care cen­ter” over the week­end.

“There’s al­ways go­ing to be dif­fer­ences of opin­ion within your own party,” she said. “We have that in our own fam­i­lies — that hap­pens — it makes us stronger when we have a di­a­logue and a dis­cus­sion. But our pur­pose will unite us, and Repub­li­cans are fo­cused on, ‘How do we make lives bet­ter for the Amer­i­can peo­ple?’ “

Rom­ney McDaniel, who was in town for an event hon­or­ing His­panic Her­itage Month, also said the RNC is com­mit­ting vast re­sources to en­sur­ing GOP vic­to­ries in Colorado.

“Colorado is a swing state — it’s a state we’ll be in­vest­ing in,” she said. “We have a very im­por­tant gover­nor’s race and two House seats that we want to main­tain in this state and maybe some pick­ups as well.”

Rom­ney McDaniel praised the ex­ec­u­tive or­der Trump signed Thurs­day morn­ing that in part un­winds for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Af­ford­able Care Act, say­ing it will re­duce the cost of health care pre­mi­ums. “The pres­i­dent hasn’t given up on re­pealand-re­place — and nei­ther has Con­gress.”

The His­panic Her­itage Month event also drew Re­pub­li­can gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­dates Steve Bar­lock, who was a Trump cam­paign co-chair in Colorado, and for­mer in­vest­ment banker Doug Robin­son. Robin­son is a cousin of Rom­ney McDaniel, and the pair are re­lated to for­mer GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Mitt Rom­ney — their un­cle.

Robin­son called His­panic vot­ers a group that could make the dif­fer­ence between the GOP win­ning or los­ing the Colorado gover­nor’s race.

“We need to have a mes­sage that speaks to His­pan­ics,” he said.

Robin­son re­sponded to an­other ques­tion about the gover­nor’s race, specif­i­cally, about the pos­si­ble en­try of Re­pub­li­can fire­brand and im­mi­gra­tion hard­liner Tom Tan­credo and how that might af­fect His­panic sup­port.

Robin­son said he’s not con­cerned, with so many con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates run­ning, but he did of­fer a note of cau­tion.

“If he were the nom­i­nee that would be a dis­as­ter for Repub­li­cans,” he said. “We need a more in­clu­sive nom­i­nee.”

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