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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Snow to Hit the Fundraising Circuit

AP's Nedra Pickler reports that Tony Snow is hitting the road for Republican candidates -- an unusual move for a sitting WH press secretary and a testament to how popular Snow is among the base.
[Snow] said he decided to help maintain the party's majority in Congress after some consideration of his proper role — and that doesn't include a lot of red meat rhetoric like some speakers offer at partisan events.

"They asked, and I thought about it a lot and we went back and forth," Snow said. "It's one of those things where I certainly want to help the president. But you have to make sure it's a fine line, and that's why I don't want to get into opponent bashing....The approach I'm going to take is not going to be one of going out and whacking Democrats by name, but straightforward comments about what the president has accomplished," Snow said[...]

Snow said taxpayers will not pay for any of his travel — the bill is being footed by the
Republican National Committee. He said fundraising is "fairly unusual ground" for a sitting press secretary, and he won't hesitate to cancel a political appearance if he's needed at the White House. "If there's a conflict between that and my day job, then the day job wins," he said.

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