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Huckabee to Keynote State GOP’s ‘Statesmen’s Dinner’

News release from Tennessee Republican Party:
NASHVILLE, TN – The 36th Annual Tennessee Republican Party Statesmen’s Dinner will be held on Saturday, July 21st at Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville. Headlining this year’s event is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
“Governor Huckabee has been a solid, conservative voice in politics for many years. We are thrilled to have him share his message with us as we approach what is undoubtedly one of the most crucial elections of our lifetime,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
Governor Huckabee is the host of the number one rated weekend hit HUCKABEE on the Fox News Channel and Cumulus Media Networks’ syndicated radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show, heard on more than 175 stations. He’s also heard three times daily across the nation on The Huckabee Report syndicated on almost 600 stations, and has been the fastest growing new program on the Cumulus Media Network in recent years.

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Daniels at Statesmen’s Dinner: Republicans Should Transform Obama’s ‘Empty Phrase’

The campaign slogan President Barack Obama rode to victory three years ago is one Republicans should flip on its head in 2012, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told a large crowd of Republicans in Nashville on Friday.
More from Michael Cass’ account of the State’smen’s Dinner speakers:
Daniels said the president’s campaign slogan, “Change You Can Believe In,” is “an empty phrase” that “can mean whatever the listener invests in it.”…
“I think we as Republicans, at least figuratively, need to turn that phrase,” he said. “We need to really present ourselves in Indiana and Tennessee and places elsewhere as people who favor change that believes in you, that believes you are an individual of dignity and a person who is fully up to the task of leading your own life, and we want you to have the maximum amount of your earned income to keep.”
Daniels, who lived near Bristol, Tenn., as a young child, was the keynote speaker at the Tennessee Republican Party’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner, which drew about 1,000 elected officials and party activists to the Nashville Convention Center. His appearance came less than two months after he decided not to run for the Republican nomination for president next year.
Daniels, who was a senior adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, said he wouldn’t reconsider his decision, alluding to the family concerns he cited when he announced it in May.
“It would involve the changing of several hearts,” he told reporters before the dinner. “There are other ways to contribute.”
Daniels’ main contribution to American life has been an attack on working-class people, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester said in a statement Wednesday.
“Tennessee Republicans have a surplus of bad ideas that make it harder for working people to get by or for their kids to get a decent education — there’s no need to steal inspiration from Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, the man who wrote the failed economic policies that led us into Bush’s recession,” Forrester said.

Note: See also Mike Morrow’s report, which makes available video excerpts from several speeches. An excerpt from his story:
The night played more like an affirmation of what the Republicans had accomplished rather than what they were about to do.
There were 1,150 people at the Nashville Convention Center, compared to 1,400 in 2010, when there had been an electric atmosphere and an historic sea change in Tennessee politics. The crowd had been more like 900 in 2009.
The dinner Friday raised $500,000 for the state GOP, according to party chairman Chris Devaney. Those funds will go toward Republican campaigns in 2012, when Devaney hopes they can deliver a “walkout-proof” majority in the Legislature, meaning the Democrats wouldn’t even have enough members to deny Republicans a quorum. Two more Republicans in each chamber would do the trick.

The Tennessean also posted a video of clips from the remarks of Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker HERE..