GOP Chair Reince Priebus Calls for Earlier Conventions, Expanded Minority Outreach

Reince Priebus - March 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — As the Republican Party tries to bounce back from its loss in November’s presidential election, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today outlined some of the tactical changes he feels the party must make, including expanding outreach to minority voters and holding the Party’s convention earlier in the summer.

“I’m calling for a convention in June or July,” Priebus said during an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” arguing that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a “sitting duck” in the months leading up to the Republican National Convention in August.

“We’re going to set up a commission that’s going to make that decision,” he said. “I’m going to be a part of that, I’m going to chair that commission, but no more August conventions.”

While Democrats benefited from well invested and expansive political operations in states across the country in 2012, Priebus acknowledged the Republicans faced a deficit in that area and said the GOP would combat shortfall by launching a $10 million initiative dedicated to outreach in minority communities.

“The Obama campaign lived in these communities for years.  Their relationships were deep.  They were authentic,” Priebus said.  “We’re going to be announcing a $10 million initiative just this year which will include hundreds of people, paid, across the country, from coast to coast, in Hispanic, African American, Asian communities, talking about our party, talking about our brand, talking about what we believe in, going to community events, going to swearing-in ceremonies being a part of the community on an ongoing basis paid for by the Republican National Committee, to make the case for our party and our candidates.”

Priebus also said he hopes to reduce the number of primary debates to a more reasonable number like “seven or eight” per election cycle.

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