CYMI: Highlights From RNC Conference Call on Wisconsin Transition to Presidential Election
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
“Before we get started on Wisconsin, I wanted to touch on the president’s press conference today. His announcement that the private sector is fine says to me that he is completely out of touch with the 23 million struggling Americans and he doesn’t have a clue how to create jobs and turn the economy around. It also highlights the fact that he has got to be living in an alternative universe because he seems to be blaming everyone on the face of the Earth except the man in the mirror for what has been happening in this country. And the fact that he would then highlight his true beliefs that the private sector is doing just fine, just further shows that this president has a real tough time ‘connecting the dots’ in this country.
“And heading in November, now let me just talk about Wisconsin, the recall exposed the Democrats’ weaknesses. The DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz declared that the election is a ‘test-run’ for their much wanted ground game. And the day after Governor Walker’s victory she told CNN Piers Morgan that … she said that the president deployed his ‘entire machinery’ in Wisconsin, calling the grassroots operation ‘an unprecedented effort’ only to be rejected by the voters of Wisconsin in an election of their own choosing. Just remember that public sector unions bought this recall and they brought it upon themselves. And the GOP operation in contrast delivered.
“We successfully mobilized with an extensive volunteer network and Governor Walker won even more votes than he did in 2010 and claimed an even larger margin of victory during the recall effort. 4 million voter contacts, we knocked on hundreds and thousands of doors, a successful absentee ballot program, new technology that streamlines our GOTV efforts, that is the organizational strength that we are going to take to November, there is no doubt about it. We beat Democrats on the ground. Our ground game succeeded because the American people know that we need common sense reforms like Scott Walker, like the ones that he passed to balance our budget and that Barack Obama and the Democrats tax and spend policies wouldn’t accomplish.
“Now is the time for Romney and the RNC to transition now these same efforts to November. We saw Wisconsin starting to shift red in 2010 with those GOP wins up and down the ticket. Now, Wisconsin is a light blue state that can turn red under the right circumstances and I think we got the right circumstances, right now, in Wisconsin. It continued to 2011 when we saw the Supreme Court race and the first wave of the recall elections, and then there was Scott Walker’s resounding victory on Tuesday. The momentum is clearly shifting in our direction.
“What Tuesday’s recall election also did showed the country that Mitt Romney and the GOP are in a good position to compete in Wisconsin in November and we intend to put our best ground game on the field. There is just no doubt about it that Wisconsin will be a tough battle and a tough fight but I am pleased to say that the energy and excitement for that fight is on the Republican side.
“Now tonight Debbie Wasserman Schultz is speaking at the Wisconsin Democrat State Convention in Appleton. I don’t envy her. She has already had a tough job to do three and a half years of broken promises and Obama’s failure to create jobs, but now she has to enter into more damage control tonight, trying to convince Wisconsin Democrats to support Barack Obama after he literally flew over Wisconsin and hung them out to dry.”
RNC Political Director Rick Wiley:
“I think the one thing that we took out of Wisconsin was the fact that, as Reince mentioned, over four million volunteer voter contacts is just an unprecedented effort. When Reince led the state party in 2010, Wisconsin was one of the leading vote producers in the country… and the ability to surpass the great work they did in 2010 on the ground in four short months in 2012 in a recall election was unprecedented.
“One of the things that we focused on very, very firmly was low propensity voters and we were able to turn out low propensity voters. The definition of a low propensity voter is someone who normally would vote in a presidential election and that’s about it, so every four years they are casting the ballot. Through the data that we’ve received back, the partial data from the Government Accountability Board of Wisconsin, we turned out over ten thousand low propensity voters on a June 5th recall election, I mean, that is unprecedented.
“Going into this election thinking that ten thousand votes could have decided this, our ability to drive those votes in. We ran an aggressive absentee ballot program, like Reince had mentioned over 4 million volunteer voter contacts, and that operation that we’ve put together, there’s hardly an unidentified voter in Wisconsin we have right now. Our ability to turn that entire machine right around and that is the machine that will help Mitt Romney win the state of Wisconsin. The offices that we have out there, the staff that we have, all of that is remaining in place as we ship into the general election.
“Wisconsin has proven that, when faced with a tough battle, that the grassroots activists that we have there answer the bell every single time, not only last summer with the David Prosser Supreme Court election, then the State Senate recalls last fall, and now with the Governor Walker recall. I feel really good about the team that we have in place in Wisconsin and what we were able to do on the ground and that operation now turns into Mitt Romney’s operation. With that, you win in Wisconsin in the presidential battlegrounds and that path to 270 becomes very visible, very quickly and Wisconsin’s going to be a big part of that.”
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