Coburn to speak at RNC

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John Hart, communications director for Sen. Tom Coburn, released this statement earlier this afternoon:

Dr. Coburn is honored to have the opportunity to speak at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, September 2. Dr. Coburn was invited to speak early in the process but wasn't listed on the initial schedule because he was working to resolve scheduling conflicts surrounding a family wedding. Although the program has not been finalized, his remarks will likely focus on earmarks, wasteful spending and the need for real reform in Washington.

After the RNC released their initial list of speakers yesterday, Club for Growth expressed disappointment that prominent fiscal conservatives, active in the battle against government waste, were left off of the list. Coburn was one of several Republican elected officials mentioned in the Club for Growth's statement:

With the recent publication of the GOP Convention lineup, the Club for Growth was disappointed to see the absence of the party's most steadfast elected economic conservatives.

With the Republican Party's brand in shambles, it is important for the Party to showcase those leaders who are currently in office fighting to preserve the limited-government, free-market principles the GOP used to stand for.

In the Senate, Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint have waged a two-man war on wasteful spending. In the House of Representatives, conservative leaders like Jeff Flake (AZ-06), John Shadegg (AZ-03), Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), Mike Pence (IN-06), and Paul Ryan (WI-01) have never wavered in their commitment to free-market principles and have been major players in the Republican Study Committee. And of all the Republican governors in the country, Mark Sanford of South Carolina has the strongest record of fighting for limited government and economic freedom.

Michael Steele, former Lt. Governor of Maryland and currently chairman of GOPAC, was on the Chris Medlock show on Tuesday lamenting the fact that Republican ideas were polling well, but the Republican "brand" wasn't. The GOP needs to send the message that the earmarkers and appropriators are on their way out (e.g. Ted Stevens and Don Young of Alaska) and fiscal conservatives are rising in prominence and influence.

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Pamela Author Profile Page said:

It was Michael Steele that provoked me to contribute to a political campaign. Im from Maryland and was shocked to see any Republicans in public office, especially a black one:) He is also one black conservative that did not decided to compromise their convictions to vote for Obama because of race. I so respect the man. He has no skeletons or else you know they would have found them long ago. Their only so-called accusation was that he did nothing. LOL. He did well on the interview. I was proud listening to him. We need people like him that stand for good principles just because they are good.

I'm glad that the RNC is seeing the light. They better do something to show me that they are going to stand on the principles that got them in power in 1994 or else I will roll out. I'm tired of jellyback, weak-kneed leaders in the Republican party. The principles are common sense principles that most people use to live their personal lives. I absolutely love Dr. No. I don't know if he will run for a second term or not. I hope he does. My guess is that if he does that will be his last term.

I have to admit that there is one thing that Obama did that I agree with. He worked with Dr. No to get the website set up where the public can look up earmarks and who receives them. I'm glad for that.

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