1,000 GOP members, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan arrived at the Patriot Center in Rothschild, Wisconsin for the state party’s annual convention. One by one, Republican leaders expressed the message of a need to reshape their party’s image, then they carried on to say that nothing will change, except how they deliver the same unpopular message.
Greenbay Press Gazette reports:
Many of those GOP leaders expressed their desire to attract minorities, especially Latinos, to the party, connect with younger voters on social media and begin the election campaign process sooner.
Priebus told reporters Saturday the Republican National Committee is training its politicians to use a softer tone when addressing constituents and steer away from saying “biologically stupid things.” He also revealed that the RNC is employing hundreds of Republican workers in a multibillion-dollar operation in neighborhoods across the country to begin courting voters for the next national election.
“It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it,” Priebus said.
Gov. Scott Walker urged Republican activists to make it clear that their party is not just focused on austerity and tax cuts, but to stress that they are the party that truly cares about everyday people. Actions speak louder than words, so proof of his claim would go a long way here.
It’s ‘who they attract’ apparently, yet nothing has changed:
Still, the chairman and dozens of other party leaders said Saturday they didn’t plan to reorganize the party’s platform but instead will re-evaluate who they are attracting to the party and how they’re conveying their message to millions of Americans daily. Many of the leaders touted the party’s commitment to keep government small, to lower income and property taxes, and to restrict abortions.
“We can’t and won’t change our principles. There are some that would like us to abandon them,” Priebus said. “Our principles aren’t rusty ideas in some old book; they’re fresh, revolutionary ideas.”
Ryan said Republicans need to re-evaluate the party before the 2014 elections, but he said voters are bound to come back to the GOP in the next election cycle because he thinks President Obama’s reform of the country’s health care system ultimately will fail.
Speaking of failing, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told House Republicans on Friday that they will soon get a chance to vote a full repeal of ObamaCare. Cantor told members of the House, “While we have not locked in the timing, I expect that the House will vote on full repeal of ObamaCare in the near future.” Which means, after countless attempts, with $50 million spent on trying to repeal Affordable Health Care, they plan to continue down that well word path.
Remember Rep. Sean ‘I can’t make ends meet on $174,000’ Duffy? He said, “We can win big if we just reach out to Latinos and show a little love. Right, honey?” Duffy joked to his wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, who identifies herself as Hispanic. Campos-Duffy, who also spoke at Saturday’s event, said party officials need to be “speaking to women, especially young women.”
They expressed a desire to reach out to Latinos, but only because they want their vote. Republicans have shown no love toward minorities. Just today, Jim DeMint, who was opposed to immigration reform in 2007, said it’s too costly.
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