December 5th, 2012
09:11 PM ET
1 year 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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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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Republican Party Chairman Priebus seeking re-election
November 16th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year 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
2 years ago

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
Gary Johnson a 'nonfactor,' Priebus says
October 7th, 2012
11:09 AM ET
2 years ago

Gary Johnson a 'nonfactor,' Priebus says

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he's not concerned that Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson will tip the scales in November.

"In fact, I see that it's almost a nonfactor," Priebus said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: 2012 • Reince Priebus • TV-State of the Union
Priebus plays expectations game for VP debate
October 7th, 2012
10:29 AM ET
2 years ago

Priebus plays expectations game for VP debate

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee chairman continued to downplay debate expectations for the GOP ticket Sunday, this time setting the stage for the upcoming showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

"I think people realize that Joe Biden is a gifted orator. He's very good at rhetoric. And I think he's very relatable," Priebus said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Reince Priebus • TV-State of the Union
McDonnell to Iowa next month
September 26th, 2012
01:53 PM ET
2 years ago

McDonnell to Iowa next month

(CNN) - The Republican Party of Iowa announced Wednesday that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be a keynote speaker at their annual Ronald Reagan dinner next month, along with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

The announcement from the Iowa Republicans described McDonnell as a "top" surrogate for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Iowa is considered a battleground state in the race for the presidency.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Bob McDonnell • Reince Priebus
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