President Obama walks to the podium at his 2008 nominating convention. Lawmakers are inserting into the spending bill a provision allowing political parties to collect up to $97,200 from each donor to pay for their conventions. Chuck Kennedy,Scott Andrews/AP hide caption

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Republican officials Rob Collins, Phil Cox and Matt Walter all seemed pleased at a briefing for journalists about the GOP's midterm election prospects, as did former first lady Mamie Eisenhower. Frank James/NPR hide caption

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The RNC wants to see many fewer of these presidential debate scenes in 2016. Before a November 2011 Michigan showdown, from left: former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum; Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; businessman Herman Cain; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Texas Rep. Ron Paul; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day (third from right) introduce the group's latest "rising stars" Thursday in Washington: Alison Howard (from left), Chelsi P. Henry, Monica Youngblood, Kimberly Yee and Alex Smith. Andrew Harnik /The Washington Times/Landov hide caption

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Schoolchildren tour the bus that civil rights icon Rosa Parks made famous when she refused to give up her seat. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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Campaign posters are seen in a snowbank outside a polling place in January 2008 in Manchester, N.H. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Reince Priebus talks with members during the Republican National Committee meeting on Friday in Oxon Hill, Md. Priebus was selected as RNC chairman after seven rounds of voting. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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