GOP Chairman Pleads for New Term during Debate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - GOP Chairman Michael Steele is defending his
rocky two-year tenure anew, asking for another term and boiling down his pitch to the fact that Republicans scored victories in November's midterm elections.

The embattled Republican National Committee chief on Monday debated four challengers ahead of next week's balloting by the 168-member RNC.

Pressing for change and claiming fiscal mismanagement, Steele's
opponents are unified in arguing that fundraising ahead of the 2012
presidential election must be the primary focus of the next chairman given debt as high as $20 million. They also say that the party's leader must lure back those deep-pocketed donors who supported independent organizations out of a concern that Steele would misappropriate their money.

The debate Monday was the second in the race but the first attended by Steele.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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