RNC chairman wants to focus on year-round commitment


Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says his party needs to be more consistent.

Specifically, Preibus said Friday before the Columbiana County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner at the Salem Community Center that it needs to do more than just win midterm elections.

The party also needs to win presidenital elections.

Preibus was the keynote speaker at Friday’s dinner, which also featured other prominent state Republicans, such as Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson and Ohio Supreme Court Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French.

Preibus said that while he thinks Republicans will do well in the upcoming midterm elections, especially in the Senate, they have to carry that momentum over into presidential elections. The party has lost the last two, both to President Obama.

“We have to be a party that’s good at winning presidential elections,” Preibus said.

Preibus said one of his main goals in getting ready for the 2016 presidential election is improving the party’s use of electronic and social media in elections. He also said he wants to tone down the rhetoric among candidates in some of their primaries because sometimes a bruising interparty brawl can carry over to the fall against a Democratic opponent.

“We’re killing each other all over the place,” Preibus said.

Read more in Saturday's Vindicator

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