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Guam is not only the place where America's Day Begins, but also where America's Defense Begins. That was the praise from Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, who spoke before the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday ahead of a GOP fundraising event.

Ronna McDaniel was named the chairperson of the Republican National Committee in 2017, just the second woman to hold the job and, "only the first woman in history to be re-elected as RNC Chair, and the longest serving right now, and we have raised the most money in history at the RNC. So, we're doing pretty well," she said.

A strong supporter of President Trump, McDaniel praised him for helping to turn around the economy in her state of Michigan and the country.

"By putting the tax cuts in place, by lowering the corporate tax, by putting the deregulation in place, things like Dodd-Frank, that were stymieing investment and lending, and the ability for people to start small businesses. So many of the things this administration has done; has really opened up our economy," said McDaniel.

She says statistics show an increase in jobs and lower unemployment under Trump, but the number she loves most is that 4 million families have come off of food stamps. Asked about the healthcare debate, McDaniel says Republicans now are committed to keeping coverage for pre-existing conditions, a huge issue at the last election, and as for specifics.

"The Republicans are working out a plan, I think the president has said we need to present an alternative, one of them is let's block grant the money back to the States, let the states craft plans that are specific to their uninsured. Take it more local, maintain that doctor-patient relationship," she said.

On border control, she said she was with the President just last week at a border city for a fundraiser, she says residents there complained of increased crossings and they all supported Trump's call for a wall. She also chided Democrats for ignoring what she says is a crisis.

"It's interesting that when this news story came out that the president was going to put people in the sanctuary cities, which I don't know if that's true and I certainly haven't talked to the president about that policy, how many Democrats said oh that's awful, that's awful, well you're the ones saying let's have illegal crossings, let's let everybody in, let's have open borders, let's let everybody vote, but oh wait don't come to my city. Really?," she said.

McDaniel is the niece of Utah Senator and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. She was asked what if he runs again.

"On my Uncle Mitt, I don't think he's going to run for president. So, I'm not even going to entertain that hypothetical, okay?" she said, to a raucous round of laughter.

She's here as the keynote speaker for a local GOP fundraiser.

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