Priebus: Romney was vulnerable like a "duck on the pond"
June 15th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Priebus: Romney was vulnerable like a "duck on the pond"

Washington (CNN) - The top Republican Party official on Saturday urged conservatives to unite behind his plan to revitalize the party and deliver electoral success in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the party must avoid the situation of 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, where he was left sitting as a "duck on the pond."

Priebus advocated for the Growth and Opportunity Project he unveiled earlier this year after a review of the party's operations and 2012 campaign. He described it as a path forward that grassroots members of the party can support.

"It's not an establishment takeover," he said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference in Washington. "We're trying to do what's right. I'd rather win together than lose together."

The plan would mean a "permanent ground operation" to register and motivate voters, he said, countering the legacy of Obama's campaign apparatus and other Democratic-aligned efforts.

Priebus focused much of his criticism of the Obama administration on Attorney General Eric Holder, citing the government collection of phone and internet records, the botched gun-running sting Fast and Furious and his handling of terrorism suspects.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Reince Priebus • Republican Party
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. wmontanye

    Blah blah blah.. The Party of BLAH...

    June 15, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Rob McDonald

    "Faith and Freedom?" Those participating would lead me to believe that it is faith in their lies, while they steal your freedom.

    June 15, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    No doubt Romney would have been the much better president but as long as the inmates are running the asylum nothing will get better. Nearly 50 million on food stamps and a nearly 17 Trilion Dollar Federal debt. Obama Care killing ny real recovery. For over 80 years now people have been voting for this. Happy Landings!

    June 15, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. wayne

    in order to have a "ground operation", the GOP must have policies which INCLUDE voters and cannot be anti-gay, anti-women, anti-47%, anti-healthcare, etc., etc ad nauseum. Strange that they haven't figured this out!

    June 15, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Wah wah wah! Instead of getting in touch with real people, the GOP thinks floating pretty-boy, empty-headed, blow-in-the-wind candidates are what will win elections.

    The GOP, along with its FAILED POLICIES, deserve to lose ... over and over and over and over again.

    June 15, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Faith and Freedom Coalition: A bunch of co-dependent anti-First Amendment folks who think "freedom" means forcing everyone to believe as they do.

    June 15, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Tom

    How about we nominate someone who doesn't carry so much baggage next time. Hint... If the nominee can only draw 33% of the vote in the state he was gov hes not electable he is to massatucetts what blago was to illinois. A laughing stock..

    June 15, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. RIP

    Decency, honor, opportunity to succeed on one's own, personal fulfillment, love of country: All are rapidly dying at the hands of Obama and his minions. But take note: IN THIS ONCE GREAT COUNTRY the pendulum will one day, in the not too distant future, swing back mightily!

    June 15, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. PJ

    ".........as long as the inmates are running the asylum, nothing will get better."

    That's why we need to rid ourselves of the lazy, greedy, obstructionist Tea Partypublicans in 2014. Glad you
    recognize that fact.

    June 15, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Bob

    Ray E is an idiot. $17 T in debt? The unneeded Bush tax cut ($7 T) killed the surplus "as far as the eye could see (Clinton projected paying off ALL federal debt), 2 stupid wars (on dummied intel by Cheney and other dummies) that have rung up $5 T (and counting), tax preferences for the bigs (Apple's fair share of taxes would eliminate the annual deficit this year), and other idiocies that only Ray, M Bachman, and S Palin could buy.

    The GOP is so dumbed down now that no prospective progress has a chance of passage.

    June 15, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. sonkarlay

    He only saying on tv but on the other end, he tell them keep for nothing that make sense like we been doing since obama toke office, the american people was stupid to elect then in 2010 because they was talking about creating jobs, so tell me how many jobs they created since then 000

    June 15, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. twyce5

    Ray you sound like Rush brother..Misinformed Stagnation thays what the Gop stands 4

    June 15, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. MaryM

    Republicans, spewing the same old bull, different day

    June 15, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Thomas

    "Faith and Freedom?"
    You picked Romney , dont dish him for your stupidaty .
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is "duck on the pond."? He's like an empty plastic bottle floating in a lake that should be recycled !

    As for Ray E. (Georgia).

    Dr GW Bush was great at running the asylum ?

    Do you have no memory ?

    your guys almost killed the economy and the country , don't talk to me about recovery .

    June 15, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Suemac in WA

    "... presidential candidate Mitt Romney, where he was left sitting as a "duck on the pond."

    Add the hypothetical 100 duck hunters shooting at the duck simultaneously. This last election was the dirtiest, nastiest on record with a media complicit in the attack. We're now learning that the IRS was involved. A good candidate was turned into a demon. I just saw a comment stating that Romney paid no income tax. The American people bought the slander lock, stock, and barrel and were simply too lazy or too indoctrinated to seek objectivity.

    From my viewpoint, winning an election by utilizing powerful governmental agencies, a highly complicit press, and untrue personal attacks can barely be considered a win.

    Perhaps, in the future, we could just wait until the media selects the winner – thus saving ourselves a trip to the polls.

    @wmontanye: Thanks for your enlightening response.

    June 15, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Name Uche Agonsi

    I sympathise much with Priebus & his GOPers for the false perception that elections are won by campaigns alone rather than party's overall performance in the period before the election. Politically, the Repubs should regard themselves as evil cause visited on America for the period of the Obama Administration.Their mission was to wreck the Obama reign, without mindful of how their action hurt Americans.They should consider 2014 rather a payback time for the American people. Its not a victory they should hope to achieve by 'Good Campaign' only.

    June 15, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Tony

    Romney was a duck on the pond because he was a bad candidate and he had to run on the Republican agenda. On the other hand, he was the best option Republicans had. But even Republicans' best was not enough against a president saddled with a terrible economy. That is how bad the Republican Party is right now.

    June 15, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Evergreen

    I have to give credit to the GOP on their labeling: Growth and Opportunity, Faith and Freedom, Patroit Act, etc. Other than that they've got nothing.

    June 15, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney didn't have a chance because Tea Partiers and radical social conservatives would not let him move to the middle of political spectrum during the general election. Chairman Priebus' efforts for the rebranding of the party face the same roadblocks.

    June 15, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Looks like he is finally learning the ropes.

    June 15, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Getoverit

    @Suemac in WA

    Perhaps, in the future, we could just wait until the media selects the winner – thus saving ourselves a trip to the polls.
    --------
    Unfortunately that has already happened. Great post, by the way. Can't wait for the Liberals to climb all over you like rabid dogs.

    June 15, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. rs

    Let's see, the rich guy who:
    wouldn't reveal his income, or his income tax for that matter (despite the 40 + years of tradition);
    the guy who told so many lies (or "flip-flopped" to be more charitable) he couldn't make a coherent policy statement without contradicting himself, or having one of his handlers explain "that wasn't what Mitt meant".;
    whose solution to getting America back to work was to cut taxes for the rich, and;
    who lied about Jeep being sold to China- was like a duck on a pond.

    After his comment dissing 47% of Americans (including the elderly and our brave veterans), he was- a CEMENT DUCK!

    June 15, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Quill

    I am a former member of the GOP's local Executive Committee and now I am affiliated with no party. There were times I felt I was at a KKK rally vs. a convention. That was over twenty years ago and I see that not much has changed. The GOP has to change if it is to survive.

    June 15, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Just a thought

    Choke on it GOP/Tea Trolls! Your party is a mess and everybody knows it but you faux news watchin' nincompoops

    June 15, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Just a thought

    This country is now Center Left just in case you GOP/Tea Trolls need a clue. Once you alienate everyone who is not a card carrying member of the KKK, faux news listening, Glen Beck drone, Limpbaugh fool, conspiracy theorists that think Obama is the 2nd coming of the anti-christ and he caused the Great recession, and the rest of your nut-ball base of mental midgets. In other words, all that's left is the people that can actually think reasonably, have critical thinking skills and educated. Here's a news flash, they're voting democrat. Now go someplace and hide

    June 15, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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