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America's election headquarters bringing you the best political coverage out there while we've been following the Republican Convention were looking ahead to the race.
For the president of course -- that there was a key contests deciding yesterday in Arizona.
Which could affect the balance of power in the senate that's one of the braces were watching is in Arizona right now Democrats hold a slim majority with 51 seats plus two independents.
Republicans with 47 seats are hoping to pick up at least four seats in November what are the questions that comes at at the convention and and during these races that are happening in different states.
It detention not only between Democrats and Republicans but with in the Republican Party itself and -- something you wanna talk more about with.
I senator -- he's currently the sentiment -- minority whip and he joins us now from Tampa Centre crowd nice to have you back on the program.
Thanks great to be with you -- one of the things that you just told the hill.
Is quite telling about how you feel about the state of the Republican Party within your state of Arizona you say.
Quote I wish I could tell you we were doing well right now -- not.
Ron Paul has totally taken our party over tell us more about that why do you feel that way.
I did not say that and he has not taken the Republican Party over is a matter fact we have a very unified delegation here in Tampa.
And I met with them this morning we had a good conversation with some of the people who -- supported Ron Paul everybody is together in support of Mitt Romney.
Our party is not in as strong a position as it should be and I didn't say that.
Because we've not been able to put forth the leadership or raise the funds that we have been able to do in the past.
I think we'll rectify that this primary election we just had last night.
Will unify us now an article will go forward and certainly in the seat that I currently hold we're going to elect congressman Jeff flake who won his primary last night.
And that will be a good start -- -- -- let me clarify that because the hill as you quoted directly about that comment on Ron Paul's so.
We wanted to make sure we got your response to that Condoleezza Rice by the way is on stage doing a lot of practice in some of our viewers.
Are seeing that -- one of the things that what our viewers -- talking a lot about senator pilot is.
Again looking at the Republican Party sound are in coming out and -- and saying.
Listen this is the RNC power grab with some things that have happened on the floor world changes things like that even in the party for a -- ten been in office long time.
How does the Republican Party show a more united front.
I'm -- -- be possible to show a more united front than we are right now.
You saw last night a convention.
Just really in love with Ann Romney my wife attended a breakfast this morning she said that if -- -- -- -- Her family was there was even more heartily.
Welcome to -- by the folks at the breakfast the point is that.
We are united behind Romney and Ryan as -- an incredible ticket for president vice president the United States I see no dissension in that whatsoever.
Okay what their primaries.
As I can -- one of our panelists last night and -- dot com coverage by an interesting point.
He related to and -- speech last night in Chris Christie as well.
-- she said.
Listen both speeches really told a story about immigration in the family how both of their families came to the United States right sent -- and started out.
About her -- is this panelists was that the Republican Party really hasn't addressed immigration and so far.
In this campaign in your from a state where immigration is a big issue how do you think the Republicans -- -- us.
First of all bulk of the American people are most concerned about the lack of jobs in the country.
The poor economic performance the inability of the president to -- -- of these problems in fact he's made them worse not better.
And immigration and some of the other issues that have really receded to a secondary level.
Now in a state like mine and Arizona we're still very concerned about the amount of illegal immigration and the inability of the Department of Homeland Security to tackle it in the proper way.
But it's not an issue that greatly divides us we have been incredible Hispanic population in our state.
There are I was delighted to see for example the showcasing of many of our Hispanic officeholders.
On the convention floor last night.
To put them forth to demonstrate that the Republican Party has some great leaders some great governors and some great congressman.
What we've got a great senator Marco Rubio that -- going to hear introduce governor Romney tomorrow night.
And we're looking for a social network my shirt on the floor right now by the way you're like -- yeah he's Hispanic.
And O'Donnell all try to talk or that -- that -- my point is.
We are demonstrating by electing great Hispanics to public office.
That we are abroad parties represented to party and that we can appeal to Hispanics as well as the Democratic Party.
Senator -- -- -- -- working -- you're gonna retirement wins the final day -- the final day.
But I think it's January 3 but I'm not exactly sure -- -- be working right up to the last minute there's Hoosier.
It got a lot of weeks and months ahead -- look -- to have you back in the program between now and then and look through your retirement because that means you have all the time in the world to talk -- that's right well I'm not libertarian I'm going back to private sector language Republicans believe in the private sector are -- week following you closely -- -- they -- -- -- here today.
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