Las Vegas Sun

January 28, 2015

Currently: 62° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Damon Political Report

Nevada’s early state presidential caucuses not top focus of new GOP chairwoman

Sun Coverage

Nevada’s new Republican chairwoman Amy Tarkanian unveiled the national party’s new message campaign today, accusing President Obama of failing to revive the economy.

“And he will lose because of it,” Tarkanian said in a conference call with reporters this morning.

But Tarkanian was relatively silent on the role Nevada will play in selecting the Republican to go up against Obama next year.

Although Nevada’s Feb. 18 presidential caucuses are set to be the third primary contest in the nation, and the first in the West, the state has drawn somewhat scant attention from candidates and national media compared to the other early states.

Tarkanian deflected a question today about what the party is doing to prepare for the caucuses, a key to ensuring candidates have confidence to compete in Nevada.

“The first change we’ve made is the chairman’s position,” she said.

Tarkanian was elected earlier this month to lead the party. She replaces former state Sen. Mark Amodei, who is running in the 2nd Congressional District special election.

But Tarkanian said she is focused on fundraising, candidate recruitment and voter registration, not necessarily the presidential caucuses.

“That will be very helpful with the presidential election,” she said of her top focuses.

Several presidential candidates have campaigned in Nevada, including Mitt Romney, Jon Hunstman and Newt Gingrich. A nationally televised debate is scheduled for Oct. 11.

But the party has yet to put significant attention to organizing the caucuses. No presidential candidates have begun television ads and Nevada generally isn’t mentioned in national reports as an early state along with Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Tarkanian acknowledged the party is playing catch up with Democrats, who have invested heavily in voter registration and identification. But she said she is confident the party will raise enough money to be competitive in next year’s election.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 2 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. "Nevada's new Republican chairwoman Amy Tarkanian unveiled the national party's new message campaign today, accusing President Obama of failing to revive the economy.

    "'And he will lose because of it,' Tarkanian said in a conference call with reporters this morning."

    That's a rather awkward statement to just throw out there.

    She is saying that President Obama will lose the next election because of an economy that is slowly recovering, jobs slowly coming along, although there are remarkable improvements over the previous eight years of the Bush the Lesser record of incompetence and mismanagement.

    What is not said is that signs of improvement have happened. Even after having a Republican majority Congress that tries to turn everything into a crisis. And if it can't turn something into a debacle, they will just do...nothing. They have not hidden the fact they intend the complete and utter destruction of President Obama and his entire administration. And that's fine. Good luck with that. But the American people are really seeing as everyday goes by that the Republicans don't have a clue what to do if they get back in power to make things better. Other than to make sure the filthy rich are taken care. All at the expense of the middle class bearing all the burden, suffering, sacrifice and costs.

    She is saying President Obama will lose. But against who? President Obama don't even know who he's running against. Why? Because the Republicans CANNOT get their collective crap together to figure out who will run against him. Every indication shows there is a fracture. And it's not healing. It's getting wider.

    When you have over 60 percent of the people state they would like a jobs bills be the priority to improve the economy and, when you have a whopping over 80 percent of people all say the rich need to pay their fair share of taxes, no, not tax increase, FAIR SHARE, a share they have avoided paying for over 10 years now, the Republicans in power STILL all stand there and say, "This is what the American people want," or "The American people have spoken," or "We are doing the will of the American people."

    And clearly they have not one clue what the American people want. Because they ignore us. They prove it day after day after day.

    Republicans are going to be in for an incredible surprise in 2012. The American people will vote. And the Republicans will not like the results. It will be like a smack in the kisser with a two by four for them. Devastating.

    The Republicans need to pay for their continual hate and disdain for the American middle class.

    We WILL have our say. Bring on the elections.

  2. If Tarkanian passes on the Republicans making a big deal out of the State Caucuses, then she will also miss the biggest opportunity for "fundraising, candidate recruitment and voter registration". Republican Onanism.