Susan B. Anthony List signs up for RNC Chairman debate

This article was originally posted on on December 7, 2010.


Susan B. Anthony List signs up for RNC Chairman debate

By: CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – A pro-life women’s group and an anti-tax group will cosponsor a debate among candidates in the race for the next Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman.

The Susan B. Anthony List announced on Tuesday that it will co-host the January debate with Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) in order to question the candidates on their pro-life priorities.

“It is critical that the next RNC chairman sincerely recognize the electoral power of the pro-life movement, can articulate its message, and is prepared to advance its priorities,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

ATR President Grover Norquist also encouraged Republican activists for visit to submit and vote on their own questions for the debate.

“The actual vote for RNC Chairman will be made by the 168 members of the Committee, but the impact will be felt by all,” Norquist said. “Therefore, every activist should play a role in questioning the candidates and communicating with RNC members who cast votes…just like lobbying your Congressman and Senators.”

The embattled current chairman, Michael Steele, has not announced his plans, but faces an already crowded field of challengers if he does run for reelection.

Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus officially announced his candidacy for the post on Monday. Others pursuing bids include Michigan Committeeman Saul Anuzis, former Missouri GOP Chairwoman Ann Wagner, former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins, former Bush administration official Maria Cino and Connecticut GOP Chairman Chris Healy. Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has said he will not challenge Steele if the chairman decides to seek another term, but he is keeping his name in the mix.

RNC members will meet in mid-January to elect their next chairman.

–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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