RNC rolls out African-American outreach effort in Detroit
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
November 12th, 2013
09:13 PM ET
8 years ago

RNC rolls out African-American outreach effort in Detroit

Updated 10:03 a.m. ET, 11/13/2013

(CNN) - The chairman of the Republican National Committee sat down with a group of African-American business and community leaders in Detroit on Tuesday as part of the organization's rebranding effort to pull more voters into its column.

Reince Priebus also announced the hiring of Wayne Bradley, the host of an online radio show, to head the party's African-American Engagement effort in economically struggling Michigan and launched the Michigan Black Advisory Council.

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The RNC has hired staff for similar outreach campaigns in other states, including New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.

"We are committed to continuing our engagement efforts in the black community and will not stop competing for every vote, year-round," Priebus said in a news release.

Although Michigan has a Republican governor, the state has voted for a Democrat in every presidential election since 1992. President Barack Obama carried the state last year 54% to 45% over GOP nominee Mitt Romney, whose father was the former governor of Michigan.

Romney won 6% of African-American voters nationwide in 2012.

Since last year's presidential election, the RNC has been beefing up its resources to reshape its message to African-Americans as well as the country's growing populations of Latinos and Asians.

Exit polls show New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won 21% of the African-American vote in last week's gubernatorial election, but Republicans struggled to make significant gains among the demographic in the Virginia governor's race. Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli captured about 8%.

Kiara Pesante, director of African American-Media for the Democratic National Committee, argued the Republican Party has long "proven that it is out of touch with the needs of African Americans."

"They have repeatedly promised to change their positions and to listen to the needs of key constituencies – and have failed," Pesante added, expressing doubt that new staff hires will make a difference.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. jinx9to88

    You can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig.

    November 12, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. rs

    Gad! Can these guys do it worse? Roll out African-American "outreach" in a city where the Republican Governor's Overseer has essentially suspended democracy? A city wrecked by the GOP job and industry export has gutted the city? A place where voter-suppression is an active (ALEC-inspired) legislative agenda?

    What's next? Using Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpiao to do Hispanic "outreach" in southern Arizona?


    November 12, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. NormB

    Because blacks feel some type of weirdly strange association to liberals for some reason I will never understand. Liberals only hold blacks back. They want to just hand out an EBT card to them and tell to be quiet and just vote but don't question anything or try to achieve something greater. They hardly ever really do anything positive to advance unity and confidence, they just keep telling blacks that rich white people are bad and out to get everyone which I hope by now they realize is not true and just a brainwashing tactic designed to disillusion them. It's not the liberals that want or support school choice and vouchers for black parents to send their children to better schools, it's the republicans that lead that march. It's not liberals that believe a black person is a person that can be anything they want to be and should not be singled out with hiring quotas, nope they believe that only affirmative action laws allows a black person any meaningful opportunities. Liberals like to put people into boxes, attempt to keep them under the thumb of government. Believe what you want, let yourselves be manipulated, lied to, brainwashed and told that you are nothing and that you should all just be happy in your projects with no hope of ever getting out. That's what liberals want and that's where they want you to stay.

    November 12, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Thomas

    The chairman of the Republican National Committee sat down with a group of African-American business and community leaders in Detroit on Tuesday as part of the organization's rebranding effort to pull more voters into its column.

    Reince Priebus also announced the GOP will be using words like Bro and Homie when speaking at African-American Tea Party rally's .

    November 12, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    First of all, most of us are not African-American and most of us have never been to Africa. I realize the T-Publican party is not accustomed to "reaching out" but please, at least be consistent. So which is it the black community or AA community? Once you've figured that one out by asking a token of the party, please continue with your outreach.

    "We are committed to continuing our engagement efforts in the black community and will not stop competing for every vote, year-round," Priebus said in a news release.

    Okay, but while you're committed, please elaborate on your voter suppression laws and why you expect to be embraced by the very people you're trying to suppress.

    November 12, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Do the republicans really think they can sway the African American vote after ALL they have done to disenfranchise the minority voters.

    November 12, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. BlackThought

    How long till some Republican opens his mouth and blows this up on themselves?

    November 12, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Evergreen

    "RNC has hired staff for their outreach..." Finally, a GOP jobs plan. The GOP will have a problem as long as their base considers everyone else as takers, 47%s, wanting free stuff, welfare queens, not "real Americans", etc.

    November 13, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  9. Name Uche Agonsi

    Reince Priebus is a racist. He wants the black votes, not their well being.

    November 13, 2013 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  10. Ryan

    I'm sure the GOP's policy of cutting social services in a place like Detroit will help them win "the black vote" easier.

    November 13, 2013 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  11. Marie MD

    You are already "competing" for their votes you are keeping Blacks, women, seniors and the poor from voting.
    Keep trying to pretend you care about the above groups though.

    November 13, 2013 06:04 am at 6:04 am |

    Yawn. Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style

    November 13, 2013 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  13. TomInRochNY

    I read this article to get a laugh and shake my head. And, the GOP has not disapointed me. Even the author of the article got right what the GOP doesn't realize they got wrong.

    November 13, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  14. Bob

    Republicans reaching out for black voters? lots of luck with that!

    November 13, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  15. cumulus

    I'm sure the black community in Detroit just loves this guy, is he for real, he thinks he can tell the people there he is working for them, and they believe it? Ask mittens how well his visit to Howard university went, he was a smash!

    November 13, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  16. king

    come on repubs with your do what we say and not our action. tell me one thing that the repubs have done for normal Americans. they have killed the infrastructure bill that would create jobs in our local communities, then took food stamp and unemployment benefits from those same people. what benefit do you repubs have other than giving more tax money to corporations, to buy robots, and off shore our jobs to china for cheaper labor. name me one that is viable and not a talking point. yeah i thought so not one point you guys have for the American people in a global market.

    November 13, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    Let me know how that works out for you.

    November 13, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  18. GOP = Greed Over People

    Prince, buy a vowel.

    You are never going to appeal to minorities as long as your base thinks of them as "welfare queens"
    increasing their guvmint paychecks by increasing their "litters", commenting on their calves as being the "size of cantaloupes" from being a drug runner, drug users sitting around watching TV on their looted widescreens, all while snacking on food provided by food stamps,

    But, as a liberal, please, never, ever, ever change the GOP "message" just keep hiring different folks to deliver the "message"!

    November 13, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  19. Martha Price

    If my brothers and sisters in the African American community know what good for them they will stay away from these people

    November 13, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Republicans think the best way to get the black community to support them is to suppress their vote in 35 states. They also think that the best way to support veterans is to cut food stamps for 900,000 of those who fought for our freedom. They think they can alienate women, students, gays, the poor, the uninsured, minorities, students and seniors, and that will make people rush to the party of domestic terrorism?

    November 13, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  21. don in albuquerque

    Oh this should be rich.

    November 13, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  22. cumulus

    There's just something evil about going to people on their own turf under the pretense of help, when your real goal is to destroy them .

    November 13, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Come on, man. Are you kidding me? After all of the awful nastiness that the Republicans have put on display for the past five years, no one is going to take them for their word. To quote one of their mainstay voices, "You can't put lipstick on a pig."

    November 13, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Wayne Brady is not going to convince me to vote republican. As long as republicans keep up their hateful rhetoric, bigotry and slandering our first African American President, they can blow their outreach out of their rear ends. By the way, Wayne Brady makes Malcolm X look Brian Gumble.

    November 13, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    That will go no where.

    November 13, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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