RNC Chair Reveals to Newsmax Plans to Retool for 2016 Victory

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Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee Chairman, tells Newsmax TV that in order to win back the White House, the GOP will need to run a four-year campaign. He recalls that’s what the Obama campaign did and explains his party’s strategy in an exclusive interview.

In their quest to retake the White House last November, the GOP was less focused on a more “permanent” campaign and that was their downfall. The strategy must change for the next election by “continuing to reach out at the community level and support our state parties in ways that we haven’t ever before,” according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

“Believe me, everyone’s disappointed and … obviously depressed, too — but it’s also an opportunity for us to do the things that we need to do in our party,” Priebus says in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV.

“While we were debating each other 23 times, the other side, the Obama campaign, was spending $150 million or whatever the number is on technology and data all across the country.”

“So fundamentally we sort of have to accept the fact that we are in a permanent political environment and that nine-month operations aren’t going to work anymore, obviously.”

While Republicans begin to plan their strategy for the next campaign, Priebus remains positive about the GOP holding on to the House of Representatives and growing its membership there.

“I feel really good about our off-year chances. We’ve shown that in the off year in state elections, we do really well,” he said.

“But it’s going to take us continuing to grow our party, continuing to reach out at the community level and support our state parties in ways that we haven’t ever before.”

As far as gaining control of the Senate, it’s too early to tell, according to Priebus.

The focus, he said, must be to ensure that the GOP is “a granular party; that we’re community-based, that we’re based in the grass roots; that it’s not about buying ads on television over the next few years. It’s going to be all about growing the base, espousing our conservative principles.”

The GOP talent pool is brimming as the party looks toward picking its next presidential candidate.

“Look at our bench,’’ Priebus states. “One of the things that we have in this party is a huge bench of talent.’’

Names such as Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie give Priebus great hope for 2016, he tells Newsmax TV.

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