Battle for the Soul of the California Republican Party

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As the GOP’s most likely candidate for president, John McCain hopes to win California this coming November with the coalition of independents and moderates that re-elected Governor Schwarzenegger last year. But California’s Republican Party refused to allow independents to participate in the Super-Tuesday primary. Registration has now dropped to just 33% of those eligible statewide. In a letter to party leaders, Businessman Lawrence K. Dodge said, “[We are] eating our own in public.” He withheld 3-million dollars to pay off the party’s debt in hope that last weekend’s convention in San Francisco would adopt a more moderate platform.
Credits

Guests:
Virginia Chang Kiraly - California Republican Party, Mike Spence - West Covina City Councilman - @Mike_Spence, Tony Quinn - Republican political consultant

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Sonya Geis