GOP Strategist Predicts “Purity Test” Resolution Fails at RNC

By Gorman Gorman

Nov 25, 2009 2:39pm

ABC News' David Chalian Reports:  Republican efforts to enforce a purity test for GOP candidates on 10 various policy positions in order to get the formal endorsement and direct financial backing of the Republican National Committee are not being universally embraced by the party faithful.

Republican strategist and former executive director of the Republican Governors Association Phil Musser predicted the resolution would go down in defeat at the RNC winter meeting.

"Well, there are a lot of good people who are putting forth good ideas.  My personal view is we've got a party platform that the convention votes on every couple of years and that's a chance for the grassroots base of the Republican Party  to talk about what we should be for," Musser said on ABC News' "Top Line."  "I've also been in the position where I've had to run a big political committee and party committee and flexibility is an important thing.  So my sense is at the end of the day this resolution represents a lot of intensity inside the RNC but ultimately doesn't pass." Musser has been advising Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) in the early "invisible primary" stages of his likely 2012 bid for the Republican presidential nomination and heads up the political consulting firm "New Frontier Strategy." We also chatted about Obama's Afghanistan policy rollout plans and the ongoing political battle over health care reform.   You can watch our entire interview with Phil Musser HERE:

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