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Mel hits the ground running

Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, elected Friday as the national Republican party chairman, is asking the GOP faithful for ideas on how to restore the party to majority status.

In an e-mail titled, We Start Today (Martinez is the honorary chair, RNC employee Mike Duncan was elected as chairman of the Republican National Committee) Martinez acknowledges November was a "challenging election."

But he notes the next election is a mere 651 days away.

"Everything is at stake - control of Congress and the presidency," he and Duncan write in the e-mail. "2008 could be the year we win everything - or it could be the year we lose everything."

E-mail receipients are invited to share their ideas on how to make the party "stronger now and in 2008."