Current Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele has confirmed that he will participate in the January 3 debate to be co-hosted by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and the Daily Caller, making our debate the first in which all six RNC Chair candidates will face-off.
Also confirmed for the debate, Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis, former RNC political director Gentry Collins and former ambassador to Luxembourg Ann Wagner have also agreed to pre-debate interviews with SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Chair and American Principles Project board member Maggie Gallagher. (Full interviews can be viewed here.) Former RNC official Maria Cino has also confirmed her attendance to the debate.
As, perhaps, some of the most publicized commitments to incorporate social issues into 2011 party leadership, these candidate interviews have stirred media interest from those reporting on the call from groups like GOProud for leadership to ignore social issues earlier this year.
But SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser has called the pre-debate interviews a chance for the candidates to “speak directly to the pro-life grassroots” that delivered such overwhelming results in the 2010 election and sees a great need for the debate itself given the “growing sense among Americans, both in public opinion and at the ballot box, that they want leaders who will defend unborn children and end taxpayer funding of abortion, especially when the president is moving in the opposite direction.”
The public can vote for questions addressing the Life issue to be asked at the debate on RNCDebate.org. The event will take place in the Ballroom of the National Press Club and stream live online at RNCdebate.org between 1:00pm and 2:30pm ET.