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The Oval Office
3:17 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: I have just been meeting with the new team that's going to run the Republican National Committee. I am so proud my friend Mel Martinez, senator from
I want to thank you all very much for agreeing to serve our party. I do want to say that Ken Mehlman did a whale of a job as the chairman of the Republican Party. It's been a joy working with you. I appreciate the fact that you went to neighborhoods where Republicans have never been to talk to people about our message of ownership and hope. And I wish you all the very best.
One of the things I like to tell my friends about the Republican Party is that we're a party that really believes in entrepreneurship and small businesses and good quality education and accountability. And Mel Martinez represents what I believe our party stands for, and that is his parents put him on a plane to come to the
And so I do want to thank you three. I'm looking forward to working with you. I'm looking forward to reminding the people that we've got plans to keep the country secure and keep our prosperity strong. And once again, I want to thank you for your service.
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