First on CNN: Republicans moving to overhaul 2016 primary process
A long, drawn-out primary season and a late convention date made Mitt Romney's road to the White House steeper in 2012.
December 11th, 2013
07:21 AM ET
4 years ago

First on CNN: Republicans moving to overhaul 2016 primary process

Washington (CNN) - A handful of Republican Party officials is quietly advancing a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process that many party insiders viewed as damaging to the their campaign for the White House in 2012, multiple GOP sources told CNN.

In a series of closed-door meetings since August, handpicked members of the Republican National Committee have been meeting with party Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington to hash out details of a sweeping plan to condense the nominating calendar, severely punish primary and caucus states that upend the agreed-upon voting order and potentially move the party's national convention to earlier in the summer, with late June emerging as the ideal target date.


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  1. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Not so sure this will fix our problem. Fair thinking and inclusive GOP member s are having to pander to the far right,(By the way is a huge part of our base) And the tea party. It all seems like a good idea, but it just wont fly in a national election. Obama,should have lost easly hands down. Yet he won. Why? Because AMERICANS WILL NEVER VOTE AND PUT A TEA PARTY MEMEBER IN THE WHITE HOUSE! So my fellow republicans, let's do something that might actually work this time.

    December 11, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    Not sure why California or any other state would want to go through the expense of a primary vote, if it does not count and is just a "beauty contest" if the convention is moved to June.

    What happened to the "will of the people"?

    Seems the reality is, that only applies to the "will of the people" that live in red Southern states.

    December 11, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    --does not matter as to how many closed door meetings happen as long as they don't think of America poor/middle-class, women etc, they end up with 47 percent comment. They better think on earth not in sky!!! Even companies are not offering Christmas bonus do they know? Greed, greed, greed. No infrastructure in USA, know?

    December 11, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Yeah, they have to do something about all of the frauds within their party.

    December 11, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    They also wanted to destroy the participation of voters in the primary process, and place the candidate process in the hands of the party.

    That was totally unacceptable in America.

    December 11, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    They're trying too much foot-in-mouth syndrome. Regardless if they hold fewer debates or not, their radical ideas aren't going to change. Their goal is going to be to just run a smear campaign against Obamacare which will ultimately be their downfall.

    December 11, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Overhaul this. No amount of cleaning, polishing, redirecting resources or media time spent you're party is toast. The people are waking up to your stupidity, and no amount of turd polish will take that imprinted idea of what your party stands for will take the stench away from the turd.

    December 11, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. rs

    Not that they appear to have a slate of potent candidates, and perhaps because of that, the GOP needs to put the clown car away so that they are not continually embarrassed by the likes of Bachmann, Santorum, Palin and the Pizza Man, and the others who essentially made Romney a show-in- thus ensuring their loss. Banishing the TEA Party to Siberia (or somewhere) would help as well.

    December 11, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Whatever the process will be, in the final analysis, the Kochs will choose Jeb Bush, and he will lose.

    December 11, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |