The answer was yes. They explained that they had strongly supported Ronald Reagan, and then they supported George H.W. Bush because they had supported Reagan, and then supported George...
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oops... of Kansas were removed from the Budget Committee. According to a source, Schweikert was told that he was ousted in part because his “votes were not in lockstep with leadership.” Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, said, “The Steering Committee makes decisions based on a range of factors.” One GOP leadership aide said, “Changes are made for a variety of reasons, most often at the request of committee chairs.”
In January 2008, at a John McCain rally in Columbia, S.C., I asked a number of local politicos to look back to the brutal 2000 Republican primary in their state, the one between McCain and George W. Bush. They had all supported Bush back then, and I asked whether, given the inconclusive wars, runaway federal spending and economic catastrophe of the next eight years, they felt they made the right choice.
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