First on CNN: Attracting minority voters a key GOP goal as Obama begins second term
January 17th, 2013
10:33 PM ET
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First on CNN: Attracting minority voters a key GOP goal as Obama begins second term

Washington (CNN) – Days after President Barack Obama is sworn-in for a second term, Republican leaders from across the country will assemble in the southern city where Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in September to strategize a path forward for the GOP in a nation experiencing major demographic shifts.

It will be a three-day discussion focused primarily on how to grow the Republican Party by convincing black, Hispanic and Asian voters that the GOP better represents their values than the Democratic Party, according to a party official involved in the planning of the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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Priebus predicts 'granular' approach for party
December 11th, 2012
06:52 PM ET
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Priebus predicts 'granular' approach for party

(CNN) -- Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said while the party's committee is not an organization to recommend policy changes to Congress, he believes messaging plays an important role and anticipates a more 'granular' approach to presenting GOP policies.

Priebus, who told RNC members in a letter last week he would seek re-election as the committee's leader, has said his party is planning an "autopsy" to locate areas where the GOP struggled to gain support in last month's elections.
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Filed under: Reince Priebus • RNC • TV-The Situation Room
First on CNN: Priebus launches RNC re-election bid
December 6th, 2012
02:31 PM ET
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First on CNN: Priebus launches RNC re-election bid

Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus formally launched his re-election campaign Thursday in a letter and YouTube video sent to the 168-member committee.

In the letter, provided to CNN by a GOP source, Priebus touts his fundraising success since taking over the committee and its $24 million debt burden in early 2011.
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Filed under: Reince Priebus • RNC
December 5th, 2012
09:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Watts suggests he can bring increased diversity to RNC

(CNN) – Former Rep. J.C. Watts, who has indicated interest in running for the Republican National Committee chairmanship, suggested he could help his party build relationships with diverse voters. RNC members, however, have dismissed the idea of Watts unseating chairman Reince Priebus with skepticism, disbelief and even a hint of ridicule.

“I think God likes diversity. So if it’s good for God it ought to be good for Republicans,” he said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “But the fact is its hard to have perspective and it’s hard to have diversity with women or black or red or yellow or brown or white if you have no relationships.

“And if I don't know the chairman of the Republican National Committee, I have no confidence that he has any relationship” with black, white, or Hispanic voters, he said.

November 27th, 2012
09:28 PM ET
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Priebus: It's time for a 'full autopsy' of 2012

(CNN) - While many Republicans have already diagnosed their party's problems after the presidential loss earlier this month, the chairman of the Republican National Committee is saying not so fast.

"I don't think you can draw any quick conclusions other than the fact that we lost and we know that," Reince Priebus said Tuesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," the chairman's first television interview since the election. "But in order to get back in the game, you've got to look at and do a full autopsy of what happened."
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Filed under: 2012 • Fiscal Cliff • Reince Priebus • TV-Piers Morgan
RNC to hold winter meeting in North Carolina
November 27th, 2012
06:06 PM ET
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RNC to hold winter meeting in North Carolina

(CNN) – Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced Tuesday the party will holds its annual winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, the same city where Democrats gathered for their national convention in September.

At the RNC meeting in January, the group will vote on the chairmanship position. Priebus has told members he intends to run for another term, and sources say he will likely win re-election despite the party's losses this cycle.
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Filed under: Reince Priebus • RNC
Republican Party Chairman Priebus seeking re-election
November 16th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
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Republican Party Chairman Priebus seeking re-election

Washington (CNN) – Despite a rough election for the GOP, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is seeking re-election and Friday reached out to state Republican officials across the country asking for their support, sources familiar with the conversations told CNN.

Several officials familiar with the process said they think as of now Priebus has enough support to win.
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RNC chairman mulls second term as party begins major review
November 9th, 2012
01:44 PM ET
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RNC chairman mulls second term as party begins major review

Washington (CNN) – As a major review by the Republican National Committee of what went wrong, and right, in the 2012 election gets underway, we may soon learn if the party committee's chairman will run for a second term.

RNC officials tell CNN that by the end of next week Reince Preibus will probably make a decision on whether he runs or not for another two years as chairman of the party committee. The RNC will hold its election for chairman in January.
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Filed under: 2012 • Reince Priebus • RNC
October 28th, 2012
11:04 AM ET
2 years ago

Priebus: GOP missteps are 'small brush fires'

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus characterized a recent series of gaffes made by Republicans - concerning rape and, more recently, race - as “small brush fires” that add up to a distraction from the main issues of the election.

“You want people to be disciplined, and obviously if people misspeak and they cause, for no apparent reason, small brush fires on their own, that’s a distraction. But, overall, this is still an election about the economy,” Priebus told CNN's Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” on Sunday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Reince Priebus • TV-State of the Union
October 11th, 2012
09:54 AM ET
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Priebus defends Romney over abortion comments

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee chairman took to Mitt Romney's defense Thursday, saying the GOP presidential nominee has been unwavering on his position about abortion this cycle.

"I see the flap over this Des Moines Register question. But… there's nothing there there," Reince Priebus said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney • Reince Priebus
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