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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Had Mitt Romney won Tuesday's presidential election, he would have handpicked a chairman. But since he lost, the decision now falls to RNC voting members.

Priebus, the former head of the Wisconsin Republican party, two years ago came out on top of a crowded field of candidates, which included then RNC chairman Michael Steele. He is credited with turning the committee around, especially financially, after the controversies of the Steele years.

While Preibus mulls his future, the RNC's review is underway, with surveys of voters in the battleground states already taking place.

"Win lose or draw, we need to do this. It needs to start right away," RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer tells CNN. "While the election is still top of mind, we need to get the best data possible."

The two-month long review will also include focus groups, meetings with constituency group leaders, in-depth discussions with party staff members, donors, and volunteers.

"There's a lot of things that we did extremely well. We need to continue to do them. We made more voter contacts than ever before. Our research, our videos, were second to none. Our fundraising was phenomenal," adds Spicer. "But there were things that didn't work as well. We need to improve on those things. We need to ask ourselves what we can do better."

The review will also study what President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee did during the election.

Spicer says the review was going to happen whether Romney won or lost: "This was going to be a win or lose thing. It was going to happen either way."

The Obama campaign conducted such a wide-scale review four years ago after Obama first won the White House, and it was helpful in keeping the campaign's field organization, known as Organizing for America, alive over the past four years.

The RNC did not conduct such a review after the 2008 election.

Spicer says this is why they are now doing such a proper analysis, to help determine "what would it cost to maintain such a permanent apparatus in the states, and what benefit would we get out of this."

Filed under: 2012 • Reince Priebus • RNC
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. TheVoice2

    Elizabeth Warren 2016!

    Reince Priebus is a pathological liar!

    November 9, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. California Gary

    I can't believe this bozo is still showing his face in public.

    November 9, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. max

    At least Michael Steele was able to deliver Congress to the Repubs....what a loser this liar is!!!

    November 9, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    One word: twerp.

    November 9, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Is Fox News hireling ?

    November 9, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Why'd they get rid of Michael Steele? Because his term was riddled with scandals: i.e. money wasted on expensive trips, expensive meals, etc.

    November 9, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Jackson

    They got rid of Steele because he was only hired for the color of his skin. That's the wrong reason to hire anyone. Hire the person who can actually do the job.

    November 9, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. cali girl

    He should be fired, just like Rove is coming to pay for his investments that netted 1% for the millions.

    November 9, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Jay

    Yeah right – worked out great the 1st time so let's try it again. Stupid Republicans, just don't get it. The country has changed and it isn't the 1980s or 1950s anymore. Wake up or further become irrelevant.

    November 9, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Now you figure it out?

    I think is totally the right man to keep his vision of keeping the republican party in the 20th century. His backstabbing ascent into power and his pushing for fellow Wisconsonite Ryan as the VP choice tells us liberals what a great man he is for our party.

    November 9, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    Michael Steele did a good job, after 2008 big defeat republican able win the house thanks to Michael Steele.( Fire Pelosi bus tour) But Tea baggers fired him big mistake

    November 9, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. The Situation

    This little weasel has been quite for the past 3 days. This clown had the most chat. He was talking a lot of smack every second he was in front a camera. Now What Renice? This is a man I wouldn't trust.

    November 9, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    No. No, Mr. Priebus. No mulling is needed. Your RNC days are three days past your expiration date now.

    November 9, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Expat American

    I hope Preibus stays indefinitely. He’s one of reasons why the Republicans lost so badly.
    Watching Preibus cower with his tail between his legs when asked standard questions from Chris Matthews was enough to win my support for the RNC Chaircoward.

    November 9, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    He is absolutely HORRIBLE! Did I say "abolutely?" He should have been fired November 7th.

    November 9, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Let's Move Forward

    Republicans just don't get it and never will.

    November 9, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    All that money, and all he can say is that they held the House? I would fire him if I were a GOP loyalist, but, since I want the GOP to implode even more so they can really return to sanity, I want him to stay until they lose the NJ and VA governorships next year, and the House in 2014, then fire him and send a message to the Flat-Earthers that control the GOP to get some people who's ideas are actually in line with this century.

    November 9, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. A little sad

    He's the most incompetent of RNC chair in recent years.

    So, yes, please, give him another term.

    November 9, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    I would love to see a second term for Reince Priebus, but I doubt the republicans would.

    And what does he do, really, except spew hatred of President Obama every time he gets on TV?

    He is totally disgusting. That's what makes him such a good representative of the republican party.

    November 9, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Laverne

    Michael Steele did such a better job than Reince Preibus! Mr. Steele did not get the credit due him for basically being the mastermind behind the landslide win for republicans in 2010, that little turd Preibus did nothing but lie, whine and complain!

    November 9, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Bill from GA

    I couldn't stand Michael Steele when he had that job, but he turned into a pretty decent guy afterwards.

    I would bet money I'll never say that about Priebus

    November 9, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. nothing new here

    This guy is trying to hold together a fractured party, and I don't envy his position.
    But then again, it is the GOP's fault for pandering to religious extremists.

    November 9, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. California Gary

    @The Real Tom Paine.........flat-earthers? I love it! I wonder how many of them there are.......I'm guessing about half the party. After Tuesday's results, you'd think they would start running those folks out.......but I see no signs of it yet. Boehner needs to man up or the GOP is headed the way of the dinosaurs. It's an entertaining thing to watch......

    November 9, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    How quickly people have forgotten about the scandals that arose during the Steele reign. Expensive meals. Expensive Parties. Live Entertainment. Have you collectively forgotten about that adventure they had in some strip club already? Steele really had to go, despite what happened in during the 2010 elections.

    November 9, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Free is for Me

    Stay on dude!! If you do as well as you did this time, I will be set to get more free stuff for another 4 years!!!!

    November 9, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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