ICYMI: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on CPAC 2014 Panel- On Wisconsin! Turning Blue States Red
WASHINGTON —This morning, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus participated in the CPAC 2014 panel, “On Wisconsin! Turning Blue States Red,” to discuss Wisconsin as a model for bringing the party together and the RNC’s role in electing our nation’s next president.
View transcript excerpts below and watch the clip here.
Chairman Priebus on How the Party Worked Together in Wisconsin
CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS: …How did we do it in Wisconsin…it was a total and complete agreement that nobody cared who got the credit, that everyone was going to run down the tracks together, and that we were going to help each other where we could…And for the first time in a long time Republicans woke up and said, “I am so darn proud, to wake up today and finally vote for Republicans that make me proud to wake up this morning and go to the poll.” And that unity and having a guy like Scott Walker who is real, genuine, authentic, and wanted to serve this state with a pure heart to make a difference, that’s what did it. And we need a whole lot more of that in this country…
Lessons From the Wisconsin Victories Applied to the RNC
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: …We’ve got to figure out how to make the national party crazy about mechanics…And so these are the things we need to do: year round party, fix your technical and data issues, and control the process reasonably so that we can elect a new president in 2016 who can rebuild this country and bring the constitution into the White House…
Chairman Priebus on Controlling the Presidential Primary Process
CHAIRMAN PRIEBUS: …Last thing that we did in Wisconsin that we’ve got to do as a national party is this six month slice and dice system that we’ve got in our Presidential primary process is a total disaster. We can’t be killing each other for six months, having a twenty-three debate traveling circus…We’re going to take those twenty debates, we’re going to get control of that, and we’re going to pick the moderators this time, not the other way around. And if CNN and NBC want to run their Hillary documentaries, they’re not going to host a debate. So we’ve got to take control of our process…