GOP Seeks Litmus Test for Candidates

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Going into their winter meeting in January, some national Republicans are pushing a 10-point "purity" test that GOP
candidates must pass before they receive party support and financing. Note item No. 10, which calls for
unlimited right to own fire ams. This would give individuals the right to have machine guns, bazookas, shoulder-
held missiles — anything a right wing militia would need to make war on the public or the government. See Adam
Nagourney's entire New York Times blog at http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/23/gop-considers-purity-resolution-for-candidates/

The battle among Republicans over what the party should stand for — and how much it should accommodate dissenting views on important issues — is probably going to move from the states to the Republican National Committee when it holds its winter meeting this January in Honolulu.

Republican leaders are circulating a resolution listing 10 positions Republican candidates should support to demonstrate that they “espouse conservative principles and public policies” that are in opposition to “Obama’s socialist agenda.” According to the resolution, any Republican candidate who broke with the party on three or more of these issues— in votes cast, public statements made or answering a questionnaire — would be penalized by being denied party funds or the party endorsement.

The proposed resolution was signed by 10 Republican national committee members and was distributed on Monday morning. They are asking for the resolution to be debated when Republicans gather for their winter meeting.

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