GOP outreach takes RNC chairman to Brooklyn
March 11th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
2 years ago

GOP outreach takes RNC chairman to Brooklyn

(CNN) – Call it the last stop before the GOP's listening tour pulls into the station.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus heads to New York City for what the RNC touts as "an African-American engagement and listening session with African American business, political and governmental leaders."

The RNC says Monday's session, being held at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, is the last of their listening sessions for their "Growth and Opportunity Project," which will be released next Monday, March 18. That project is a multi-tiered internal examination of the GOP and of how the party performed in last year's elections. The RNC ordered the review after the party failed to win back the White House or the Senate last November. While the GOP did lose eight seats to the Democrats in the House of Representatives, the party did keep control of the chamber.

The RNC tells CNN that the meetings have included what they say is everything the party needs to work on for the future, including technology, vote by mail, fundraising, and other campaign mechanics, as well as outreach to specific demographic groups in hopes of identifying more effective ways to attract minority and younger voters. According to national exit polls, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won 37% of voters under age 30, only 27% of the Latino vote and just 6% of African-American voters.

"As we've traveled the country the past few months, we've heard over and over that the Republican Party needs to welcome new voters into the fold by being inclusive and spending time and resources in communities across the country. Chairman Priebus is dedicated to doing what's necessary to become an inclusive, big tent party," says RNC Press Secretary Kirsten Kukowski.

The RNC will unveil their results of their examination at a breakfast at the National Press Club.

– CNN Political Director Mark Preston contributed to this report.


Filed under: New York • Reince Priebus • Republicans
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. yuri

    The GOPers need their heads examined ASAP, by a qualified shrink, lest they continue to blame others, generously, for their debacles. An ordinary citizen might be chafed by certain opprobrious satements and behaviors of both parties and they should come together sooner, putting away all their hubris, to tackle the "sequester" and the national debt.

    March 11, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. DaveC

    So now Chairman Priebus is interested in listening. In 2011 and 2012 he could have cared less. When he had candidates making all sorts of outrageous comments about rape, immigrants, race relations, etc. you didn't hear a peep out of him. Now he is a caring individual. Wow, give him the good book and dunk him in the river.

    Let's get real here. The Republican party is where the Democrats were in the 1970s. Lost and confused. Pandering to a rabid liberal base that was both unrealistic and out of touch with America. That is how Reagan and Bush got elected. That is how Bush got unelected and Clinton got elected. The Republican party started to show signs of goofiness back then and now they have really turned the corner onto clue and less.

    March 11, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The Christian Cultural Center. Never been there but it sounds like the place on Flatbush(?) Avenue. If it's the one, then that place is a non-demoninational church: nuetral ground, so to speak. I'd love to see a Republican visit an actual Baptist Church in a major city.

    March 11, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Sniffit

    ""As we've traveled the country the past few months, we've heard over and over that the Republican Party needs to welcome new voters into the fold by being inclusive and spending time and resources in communities across the country."

    And right there, he reveals exactly why none of this is ever going to work. The posture of "welcome new voters into the fold" is 100% wrong. You have to convince them. THEY'RE NOT BANGING DOWN YOUR DOOR IN HOPES OF GETTING INTO "THE FOLD" AND THERE ARE MYRIAD OBVIOUS REASONS FOR IT. Until the GOP/Teatrolls decide to recognize, acknowledge and accept that their problems with minority voters ARE NOT THE MESSAGING, BUT THE MESSAGE, rthen they will continue to spiral into irrelevance. Their ideology is broken, disproven, offensive to minorites and perpetuates their historic and contemporary racism/bigotry problems, and unless and until that all changes at its core, then their demographic armageddon will continue apace. Their frantic search for the right lipstick is not working and will never work.

    March 11, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. K. in Miami

    You have got to kidding me, let me get this straigh, the (Republicans/Tea partiers) have been insulting African Americans, Hispanics, Women, Gays and Lesbians for almost 4 years straight, and now they want to attempt to win them over....?

    Man I need a good laugh, but this is just insane, the people really do make up their own universe, no kidding, they seem to be so much out of touch with reality.....

    March 11, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "You have got to kidding me, let me get this straigh, the (Republicans/Tea partiers) have been insulting African Americans, Hispanics, Women, Gays and Lesbians for almost 4 years straight,..."

    You have got to kidding me, let me get this straigh, the (Republicans/Tea partiers) have been insulting African Americans, Hispanics, Women, Gays and Lesbians for SIXTY+ years straight,....

    FIFY

    March 11, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    While Priebus is trying to broaden the Republican Paty's appeal by making the tent larger, presidential candidates like Bush, Ryan, and Rubio are moving to the right to appeal to Tea Partiers and conservative wing. Reinvention of the party won't take place until moderate establishment Republicans are victorious over Tea Partiers and extreme conservatives.

    March 11, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. MaryM

    RNC/GOP, it is not your packaging, it your product. The majority of Americans are not buying your product.
    Change your product or go the way of the dinosaurs

    March 11, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wrote:

    "As we've traveled the country the past few months, we've heard over and over that the Republican Party needs to welcome new voters into the fold by being inclusive and spending time and resources in communities across the country."

    And right there, he reveals exactly why none of this is ever going to work. The posture of "welcome new voters into the fold" is 100% wrong. You have to convince them. ... ... ...
    ------------------
    He doesn't sound very welcoming to new ideas and perspectives to me. Isn't he unknowingly expressing a desire to indoctrinate more people to their world view? Conservatives do it all the time and they still don't realize how it sounds.

    March 11, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Make no mistake, folks. There is a very subtle, yet significant perspective at play here. When conservatives reach out to people the mindset says, "They should join us." When liberals reach out to people the mind set says, "We should join them."

    March 11, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. cptpooppants

    I hope they jack that little weasel in Brooklyn!

    March 11, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why Flatbush, more of a Jewish enclave, why not Harlem.
    Why not a Harlem Baptist church?
    I definitely do not think that this should be their last "listening session" because they haven't heard a thing, much less listened.

    March 11, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. ART

    The little Weasel says what?

    March 11, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "He doesn't sound very welcoming to new ideas and perspectives to me. Isn't he unknowingly expressing a desire to indoctrinate more people to their world view? Conservatives do it all the time and they still don't realize how it sounds."

    Indeed. And to the extent that indoctrination won't work, they'd love to trojan horse it all.

    March 11, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    cptpooppants

    I hope they jack that little weasel in Brooklyn!
    ---------------–
    If someone were to carjack his vehicle, they could be charged with an extra felony because a kid is in the car.

    March 11, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    I'll give him points for trying, but the real question is, will he continue to go back there? Most likely not. The encounter will produce information the GOP does not want to hear, so this is ultimately a waste of time, but, hey, if Reince wants to check that box off and say he tried, all power to him.

    March 11, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. DannyCali

    Anyway it still the Party of big "NO" and "NO" year after year.

    March 11, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. 2012liberal

    Is he going 2 take his fingers out of his ears? Loved paul ryans echo n the bubble this weekend on fox.

    March 11, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |