Chairman candidate Steve Harmsen (who lost to Dave Hansen) listed a number of issues conservative Republicans stand against, including TARP, the Bush-backed bailout of banks passed last fall. "No on TARP," shouted Harmsen to loud cheers. Bennett and Hatch voted for TARP.
While the convention was held to pick new party leaders, national and local politics and personalities were at play.
Chaffetz, a dyed-in-the-wool conservative who got several standing ovations, said he was glad to serve with Bishop in the House (but didn't mention Hatch or Bennett).
"It's campaign time," said Bennett. And on the campaign trail people treat you differently. "You get more rude questions, but I like that," he added, promising to fight hard for his seat next year.
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