ICYMI: RNC Chairman Priebus on ABC’s “This Week”

Reince Priebus - August 18, 2013

“We had a very positive meeting… everyone left energized about the future of a Party that is drastically changing its approach to politics,” said Chairman Priebus

WASHINGTON — This morning, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus joined George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week" to talk about the RNC Summer Meeting and their efforts restructuring the Party around data and technology, revamping how to connect with voters in every community, and building a permanent campaign to help Republicans up and down the ticket for years to come. Chairman Priebus also discussed the resolution to withhold Republican presidential primary debates in 2016 from CNN and NBC if the networks don't drop their plans to air programs about Hillary Clinton.
View transcript excerpts below and watch the clip here:


GOP Having A Healthy Debate – Energized About The Future Of The Party

RNC CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS: …A healthy family debate is not a bad thing at all. I really believe that. I don't think at that time when we just came off of a presidential election that having a Party that's dull and boring is something that is good not just for our Party, but for this country. I think the debates are good. I was there in Boston. Obviously I would appear to be someone that would be claiming that everything is hunky dory, but we had a very positive meeting, and there was peace and there was debate, and everyone left energized about the future of a Party that is drastically changing its approach to politics.

We Have To Take Control Of The GOP Primary Process

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: And I think you got a standing ovation when you called for a resolution saying there will not be any Republican debates on CNN and NBC if they continue to go forward with these documentaries and films about Hillary Clinton…

CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: … I'm trying to build a party that's year-round. I'm trying to fix a data and digital operation, get a hold of a primary process, and a debate debacle that as you know I've called the traveling circus. The fact of the matter is I've got to protect this Party and the nominees. We don't want a whole lot of 23 debate rounds like we've had before. And I would just say that entities like NBC and CNN that are moving forward with four-part mini-series about Hillary Clinton are not going to take part in our debates. Look, if you're not going to have 23 debates, these guys are making it a lot easier for us to pear that down to a reasonable number in front of people and entities that actually give a darn about the future of the Republican Party…

I’ve Got To Control The World I Live In – We’re Executing A Culture Shift In The GOP Field Operation

CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: …We're deploying the biggest field operation we have ever done in the history of our Party, George. What we're doing is something no national party has done in an off-year. Since the April meeting back in Los Angeles, we've hired 157 people, full-time across the country, we're going to double that number by the end of the year. In an off-year, coming off the heels of an election loss, to have that many field people in Hispanic, Asian, African-American communities, its unheard of. And my point is this, if you're going to get the sale, you got to show up and ask for the order. You can't show up five months before an election and expect to move mountains. This is a big, cultural shift in our Party as far as our field operation, our data operation. And obviously I think we've got some infrastructure issues in regard to our primaries. That's what I'm working on. I've got to control the world that I live in. And that's the world of party mechanics and operations. And I think that if you look at the press that came out of Boston, as a whole, you’ll see very positive stories from the Wall Street Journal to Politico to even ABC.


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