Jon Stewart guest stars with Minnesota Republicans
October 26, 2013 — 4:20pm
Minnesota Republicans on Saturday met to do the party's business and plot their way forward.
They picked a new Republican National Committeeman -- Chris Tiedeman, a longtime activist -- and were slated to cast straw poll votes on their early 2014 preferences for U.S. Senate and governor.
The party is still $1.3 million in debt but that's down nearly $640,000 from a December 2011 high and chairman Keith Downey said Republicans are at a crossroads but promised better times are ahead.
"We lost our focus on the people. We have spent more time arguing among ourselves than boldly proposing our ideals and our solutions. And we let the demonizing rhetoric of the left define us," Downey said. "I'm here today to tell you: No more."
The Republicans, who had a more diverse cast of speakers than some recent party functions, also laughed along with a Jon Stewart video from the "Daily Show" -- perhaps a sign of the change in the party.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
In a relentlessly antagonistic debate, Clinton denounced Trump Monday night for keeping his business dealings secret and peddling a "racist lie" about Obama. Trump cast Clinton as a "typical politician" as he sought to capitalize on Americans' frustration with Washington.
After a harsh primary, Republicans kicked off Donald Trump's general election campaign with a warm and personal validation from his wife, Melania Trump, who emotionally assured GOP convention delegates and voters across the country that the brash candidate has the character and determination to unite a divided nation
Dissident delegates making a last-gasp attempt to prevent Donald Trump's nomination at the Republican National Convention say they will try forcing a state-by-state vote on the rules governing the gathering when it opens on Monday.