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Lungren Makes His Case to Bloggers

Dan Lungren, the Republican congressman from California who is challenging John Boehner for the House minority leader position, just held a bloggers’ conference call. Lungren emphasized the need for a change in leadership after “two successive defeats” resulting in the loss of 50 seats. He also said the party needed to debate where it is heading and how it is going to promote its agenda. To that end, he is also proposing a rules change that would allow a three-hour debate rather than quick nominating speeches and a vote.

Lungren says he does not want to be part of the “coalition of the comfortable,” arguing that Republicans should not be comfortable in the minority. He wants the party to take a clear position against the automobile industry bailout and to go back to the Conservative Opportunity Society days where Republicans like Newt Gingrich, Jack Kemp, Vin Weber, and himself promulgated a conservative agenda that could claim majority support.

While Lungren stressed the need to contrast sharply with the Democrats, he struggled a bit when asked to sharply contrast himself with Boehner. They both supported the Wall Street bailout — or, as he prefers, “rescue plan” — and he was reluctant to critize Boehner’s conservative credentials. When I asked him if he agreed with Boehner’s position that the congressional races should be left up to the individual members rather than be nationalized, however, he did differentiate himself and come out for a strong Republican national brand.

I’ll have more to say about this on the main site later on.

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