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RNC keeps heat up on Obama

  |   Nov. 27, 2008 at 3:33 PM
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The National Republican Committee has not declared any truce with Barack Obama as he prepares to become U.S. president, some observers say.

While Republicans in Congress like Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have had praise for the president-elect's appointments, the national committee has released a barrage of critical press releases, The New York Times reports. The overarching theme is that Obama has already betrayed his promises of "change" and "hope."

"Obama promised to change America's healthcare system, but his nominee to be secretary is no change agent," the committee said of Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader and Obama's designated secretary of health and human services.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff, is a "partisan insider." David Axelrod, a campaign strategist named senior adviser, is among "partisan bomb-throwers."

Amber Wilkerson, a spokeswoman for the RNC, described its role as being a "loyal opposition" when members disagree with Obama.

"Americans have very high expectations for President-elect Obama, and it's our job to hold him accountable on his promises," she said.

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