Priebus travels west for GOP review
February 25th, 2013
10:07 AM ET
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Priebus travels west for GOP review

(CNN) - Following through with efforts to refigure the GOP's messaging, the Republican National Committee chairman is traveling west this week to talk to minority voters and technology experts, RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski confirmed Monday.

On the four-day trip, Reince Priebus will stop in Denver to hear Hispanic voters and GOP activists before heading to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with Hispanic and Asian voters.

Next on his itinerary is San Francisco for meetings with technology experts, including a stop by Facebook. He'll also go to Seattle in a visit that focuses on early voting. Washington state became the first state last year to offer voting registration via Facebook.

Priebus was re-elected to a second term as GOP chair last month. Kukowski said the chairman's trip will focus on "how we better engage with minorities and how the Republican Party can better use technology to win elections."

Since the party lost the presidential race and major Senate races in November, the GOP has undergone an intense review of how to change the way it presents conservative ideas. Among the introspection, Republicans have had an internal debate over how to better harness technology to expand its outreach.

"We're right on the economics but I think its time to inspire with a smile, talk to every American no matter what state you're in and start building a party through the concept of addition and multiplication not division and subtraction," Priebus said last month on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

But Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney's top campaign strategist, said in an interview that aired Sunday he ultimately takes responsibility for Romney's loss.

However, Stevens argued it's still appropriate at this point for Republicans to be upset.

"It's good that people are angry. You know, I played a lot of sports. It's the worst thing to be in the – a losing locker room and people aren't upset," he said on CNN's "Reliable Sources." "This is a moment we should be going through. It's good."

Roll Call first reported Priebus' trip.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Nietodarwin

    The GOP would be a complete a joke if The House weren't doing everything it could to bring our country down. If the sequester happens, the GOP will be held responsible, and will then never win again, (unless they can cheat, which they continue to try to do at every turn.)

    February 25, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    the little twerp is in way over his head. This trip will net NOTHING but laughs at the GOP's expense

    February 25, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. CB FL

    I wonder if this Pee WEE Herman look alike will be attending a movie theater by himself while in LA.

    February 25, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. SmilingBluuEyes

    The Republicans just don't get it. They can have all the talking heads they want to but until they learn to work WITH this President and not AGAINST him they will never recover the votes they keep losing!

    February 25, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Thomas

    Next on his itinerary is San Francisco for meetings with technology experts, including a stop by Facebook..

    Why can't he go to Texas or Alabama , please don't come to California ,

    Take Darrel Issi when you go , please.

    February 25, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. rs

    While your travel plan is pretty useless (Colorado is seemingly going blue for now, and you have no reason to even think of being in California). It is also incredibly wise to be away from DC when your Sequester Bill kicks in and you and your party get treated like the pariahs you really are.

    February 25, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    When are Republicans going to figure out that people have heard their message, and REJECTED it.

    February 25, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Kassa

    The next step will be the old "divide the races and rule plan" The white man is certainly running out of centuries old tricks.

    February 25, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Kassa

    The next step will be to "divide the races and conquer" Times have changed however, and the white man is being conquered. It is now time for some white males to find new tricks because those centuries old tricks aint working no more.

    February 25, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    "I think its time to inspire with a smile, talk to every American no matter what state you're in and start building a party through the concept of addition and multiplication not division and subtraction," Priebus said last month on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

    So, he admits that all he has been trying to do up to this point is divide and suppress, rather than give people an affirmative, positive message that is delivered with something other than an insult or a sneer. Freudian slip, I guess. As for his claim of being right on economics, does he really think that his party's message of supporting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class has borne any fruit, except to make Sheldon Adelson and his club even wealthier?

    February 25, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Martha in CF

    Sorry Priebus-your review gives you a F for failure!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Ancient Texan

    If the economy and the piling up of debt at a record pace, doesn't turn around quickly, the liberal haters that are celebrating the demise of the GOP will be begging for the Conservative solutions to the mess that is now the Obama administration.

    February 25, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. sonny chapman

    Priebus, tell your GOP to get the HATE of Obama & of everything that doesn't line up with their Fantasy 1952 World out of their hearts. Then, maybe, they can become reasonable. P.S.- Ridding one's heart of Hate is also the message of Jesus in the Four Gospels.

    February 25, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. cbr

    This man does not seem to understand that the leadership of the GOP needs to be changed. Those who are moderate or less strident need to feel they have a place in the party. Whether you belong to a certain ethnic group or not should not be the reason for meeting with any groups. If the GOP chose to treat each person as an equal and listened to the 49% the party may be a little more successful. Just stop insulting us by your ill-timed comments and descriptions.

    Mr. Priebus does not instill confidence. that is for sure.

    February 25, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's good that people are angry. You know, I played a lot of sports...."

    He. Just. Doesn't. Get. It.

    February 25, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Now matter how they say it, their message is unpalatable to most Americans.
    "Get your milk, vomit and cheese pies here."

    February 25, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Joi Gibson

    Priebus may talk the talk, but there are still people in his party that make foul, disrespectful comments toward the President (and the First Lady), make ignorant comments regarding women, and one fool in Arkansas said he's not going to let no minorities dictate the morals of this country. And Priebus himself said he had no problem with voter restrictions that disproportionately adversely affect minorities. The man is a fool – sorry but he is – because he does not see one of the inherent problems in this party is their nastiness, pettiness, my-way-or-the-highway, get off my lawn, and getting into women's personal lives all the while howling about intrusive government. It is their message and the messaging. No amount of Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, or J.J. Watts will fix that.

    February 25, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "If the economy and the piling up of debt at a record pace, doesn't turn around quickly, the liberal haters that are celebrating the demise of the GOP will be begging for the Conservative solutions to the mess that is now the Obama administration."

    I have no idea where you are coming from with your comment, and frankly I don't care. But, just to be clear, I hate no one. Nor do I celebrate the upcoming demise of the GOP. It is a party I supported for more years than not. It saddens me to see the hate; the anger; the fear; and the foolish talking points generated by media hypes making millions of dollars off said hate, anger, and fear.

    Don't blame the liberals ... they have nothing to do with the lack of leadership in your Grand Old Party, or its future.

    February 25, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Just because

    Travel west Preibus, take GOP & CPAC with you.

    Out west is the continent of Mu, the home of Republistan

    February 25, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Priebus is on a fool's errand if he thinks poor delivery of conservative ideas was the major cause of recent election losses. They lost because of outdated conservative ideas and policies.

    February 25, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. rs

    Ancient Texan
    _______________
    What "conservative solutions" are you referring to? Not having a budget? The Sequester? The good ol' "Cut-Taxes-and-Spend"? Or, their ever polular Trickle-Down economics?

    February 25, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Pete

    Priebus traveling west to talk to Hispanics about being future republicans,what a joke..Why don't yah get Rubio to speak to them but yah know why because Hispanics dispise the cubans and vise versa ..Just ask a real Hispanic about anyone from that island and brace yourself because it ain't gonna be nice buddy I can tell yah!!

    February 25, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The GOP needs to work on the message and see if it is really a message based in fact. I don't know that leaving everything up to the market is really a good idea. There needs to be regulation out there and people watching to make sure that when (not if) there is a screw up that some company is held accountable along with all the corporate officers.

    February 25, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. lolo

    @smiling blue eyes and Lynda/Minnesota, I agree. They are just on the wrong side of history period. America has evolved and they will be left behind whether they like it or not. Enough of the GOP/TP fooloshness. 2014 they will be gone.

    February 25, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    "Go West, young man." Heck, it worked like a charm 200 years ago. Why shouldn't it work again?

    February 25, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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