January 25th, 2013
01:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Priebus elected to a second term as RNC chair

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Reince Priebus pledged to grow his party by making direct appeals to minority and young voters as well as dedicating campaign resources to try and win in traditional Democratic states, as members of the Republican National Committee re-elected him Friday to a second two-year term at their Winter Meeting.

"We must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven't before," he said. "At the RNC, we are dropping red and blue analysis. We must be a party concerned about every American in every neighborhood."

Last month, Priebus created a task force to re-examine every aspect of the RNC's operation from voter outreach and general messaging to the GOP's digital program and plans for the 2016 presidential primaries. The group, comprised of RNC members and well respected Republicans, are expected to issue their recommendations in March.

In his remarks, Priebus emphasized that Republicans did not need to "compromise our principles," but there was wide acknowledgement among Republicans attending the meeting, including from the chairman, that offensive language towards women and strong rhetoric by some GOP lawmakers and opinion leaders on the issue of illegal immigration had made it difficult to sell the GOP brand beyond its base.

On Thursday evening, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told attendees during a dinner speech that the GOP needs to "stop being the stupid party."

In an interview with CNN published earlier this week, Priebus said that he has already begun talking to donors about helping fund an expanded infrastructure program.

In his Friday speech, Priebus signaled to the state Republican leaders and grassroots activists that their support will be needed if they are to be successful.

"Simple outreach a few months before an election will not suffice," he said. "In fact, let's stop talking about reaching out and start working on welcoming in. Political support is cultivated over time, not collected on Election Day."

Priebus ran unopposed for a second term when his only challenger failed to qualify for the ballot.

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Name lynn

    Reince well you got what you wanted another term in the chair. People are looking an listening at you, are your going to do your job right or wrong.

    January 25, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. MeapersoninUS

    Good, that means the repuks will FAIL again (re: Presidential election) unless they STEAL the election which is what they are planning to do

    January 25, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Greg

    Great news this ensures a Democratic president in 2016

    January 25, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Expat American

    This is good news.

    Hopefully Preibus will continue preaching the GOP Gospel of Hate and take down their party in time for the midterm elections.

    The Republican Death Star is only 3/4 completed.

    January 25, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. batjones

    It is an interesting phenomenon in the Republican Party: They refused to financially support the national organization under Chairman Steele. They instead contributed to independent groups, like those run by former Chairman Barbour and presidential aide Karl Rove. Chairman Steele produced great Republican gains during his two year term. But Chairman Steele was rejected for his efforts, and Chairman Priebus was elected his successor. The Republicans decided to financially support the national organization under the new Chairman Priebus, and also supported independent groups, like those run by former Chairman Barbour and Mr. Rove. Chairman Priebus produced diminishing results. I am reminded of the Shakespearean quote: "The fault lies not within the stars but within ourselves." I am also reminded of the Pogo quote: "I have seen the enemy and they are us." It seems that Republicans are getting in the way of themselves.

    January 25, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Tea Party Member

    The big question is can he get conservatives elected in 2014. I hope so this country needs a Republican Senate and the impeachment of the Socialist Obama.

    January 25, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. kayla

    among the BLIND the ONE EYED MAN is KING

    January 25, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Tom

    ...and Democrats everywhere applaud his election.

    January 25, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Let's hope he does a better job the second round.

    January 25, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. daeh ttub

    Money is king. Raising money for the RNC is more important than destroying the Republican Party. What would Reagan and Eisenhower have to say about today's RNC???

    January 25, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Jocho Johnson

    Well well well looks like Rencie will continue to run the Party into the ground, Piyush Jindal said to stop being the stupid party looks like they want to remain the stupid party... Jindal and Christie should start their own party if they want a future

    January 25, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. byebyegop

    Hmmmm....Steele gets results and is fired. Priebus bombs bigtime and gets re-hired. Yup seems logical in that parties world. Bring it!

    January 25, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. BoFo

    The anti-GOP comments remind me that people who lack the ability to argue a point intellectually resort to ad hominem attacks and personal insults.

    January 25, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. idiotic_comparison

    Priebus is credited with turning the RNC's finances around in just under two years paying down more than $24 million of debt and ending 2012 with more than $3 million in the bank.

    Republicans are as irresponsible ($24M debt) as anyone else but they always claim to be more fiscal conservative! 🙂

    January 25, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. RNC_are_hypocrites

    Republicans are as irresponsible ($24M debt) as anyone else but they always claim to be more fiscal conservative! 🙂

    January 25, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. StXavier

    It's becoming interesting to see more an more people are looking to the Dam's for leader ship. I can remember when Ragan was a Dam an then changed to become a Rep an became a loved president, back then the Rep party was a different Rep party, now there are two Rep party's the old an the so far right of the old party it surprises me why they don't change party name to LIKE the far ( RIGHT of every one Party ) an discard calling them selves pure Rep. Keep it up ( RIGHT of every one Party ) you keep up what your doing an you'll be the ( No Party of no one now ).

    January 25, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. lolo

    Surprise, Surprise, I don't think so. This weasel was going to win no matter what. He is one of the clowns full of hatred. America just go vote, so that we can shut these fools down again with their nonsense. They are going to try and tone it down to fools us but it is too little, too late. We know their true colors and it is embedded in our brains.

    January 25, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Zenger Folkman

    "The big question is can he get conservatives elected in 2014." Sorry, Tea Party Member, every year for the rest of your lifetime it will be exponentially harder for conservatives to be elected. The well is poisoned, American voters are through with conservatives into the foreseeable future. Good riddance.

    January 25, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....Arming Mentally Unbalanced People to Kill Innocent Children

    Only in America can you reward WHITE MALE FAILURES....and you call a successful black male a "socialist" & takers!!!

    GW BUSH was a FAILURE....yet the GOP NUTS worship him!!!!

    even Michael Steele was used as a "token" then dumped into the dust bin of history after he accomplished far more than this idiot WHITE MALE Reince Priebus can ever dream...glad majority of the American people knows better and that's POTUS was re-elected and the GOP is still lagging behind................

    January 25, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    and this will result in......the same as the 2012 elections...losses for the Greedy Old People party in both houses of the Congress

    January 25, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. MC

    Reince Priebus.....what an odd and awkward name! The guy looks nasty, psychotic and evil, just like his name!

    January 25, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. markfromdover

    Who would ever name their kid reince?

    January 25, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. rs

    Well, Mr. Priebus is right about what the GOP needs to do regarding minorities, and more power to him in that effort. I live in the soverign state of Arizona, where the GOP collectively is madder than Batman's Joker. See, what Mr. Priebus isn't counting on is how bad the GOP brand is in the hinterlands. Here in AZ. they pass bills lauding a "State Gun"; are working a a bill to finalcially reward an ousted and corrupt former President of the Senate (Mr. Russell Pierce); wher they have utterly destroyed our public education system (NOW worst in the nation); Who crafted the now-famous SB 1070; and who is perpetually at war with the federal government.
    In the end, no minority in AZ. will ever support the GOP because of their regressive policys- and well, flat-out craziness. Until Mr. Priebus can export this lot to Somolia (or someplace similar where their ideas make sense), the GOP will always be associated with the insane.

    January 25, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. yea!

    Keep up the good work there Prince. Expand the role and influence of the Tea Party, limit the influence of science from the 20th or 21st centuries, and try to rewrite the past. It is WORKIN'!

    January 25, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. oneWayfarer

    BYE BYE Unamerican Guys – You took your Pick-Up to the Stick-Up and forgot your White Hoods. We can see you and right through you and we all know you're no good. This will be the day that you Die.

    January 25, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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