Los Angeles (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney will address members of the Republican National Committee gathering here in California this week for strategy sessions on how to broaden the GOP’s appeal with voters.
It is unclear what topic Cheney will speak on, but this is the first formal gathering of national party members since RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a report last month examining all aspects of the national party, including what steps the GOP should take to reach out to new voters, specifically Asian Americans, blacks, Hispanics and young people.
“During the meeting we will focus a great deal on ways we stay true to our principles and grow our ranks across all communities,” Priebus said in an email sent Wednesday to the 168 members of the national committee that was obtained by CNN. “During our training sessions we will hear from activists, local elected officials, state party leaders and others who can share successful examples and tactics that we can learn from. Many of the sessions will be about ‘showing up’ in communities we haven’t before as well as messaging to minority communities and talking to them where they get their news.”
In addition to Cheney, Priebus told national committee members that influential conservative opinion makers Hugh Hewitt, David Horowitz and Larry Solov will also address the RNC’s spring meeting.
Priebus convened a five person task force in December to develop a series of recommendations following a top-to-bottom review of the GOP, including minority outreach, messaging, fundraising and how the national party chooses its presidential nominee.
The task force released its recommendations in a report titled the Growth and Opportunity Project that was praised by many in the GOP, but raised red flags among social conservatives concerned the party was going to change its position on social issues like same sex marriage in an attempt to appeal to younger voters.