RGA meet in Austin

n a conference call yesterday previewing this week’s two-day Republican Governors Association meeting in Austin, RGA Chairman Haley Barbour (also the governor of Mississippi) said the purpose of the meeting was “to celebrate and build on the successes in New Jersey and Virginia this month,” but more importantly “to work through the ways we can make sure these are effective springboards for victories in 2010.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), also on the call, added that the victories in New Jersey and Virginia — where GOP candidates focused more on their fiscal records than social ones — reflected the need for Republican governors to “implement effective conservative policies that are going to regain the trust in our party’s ability to govern.”

Perry faces a tough primary battle next year against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), who gained the endorsement of former Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday. When asked about the endorsement, Perry said, he’s “got a whole pile of them” and looks forward “to continuing to add endorsements to our long list.”

MSNBC
11/18/9