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RNC Condemns NSA Surveillance While Vowing to be the Real Party of Fairness

Meeting puts heavy focus on women leaders: "We can't fight the Democrats' phony rhetoric on women with male voices."

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Bridget Johnson

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January 24, 2014 - 11:19 am

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee highlighted projects to draw in more women voters at its winter meeting in Washington and passed a new package of policy statements including a call for the cessation of National Security Agency surveillance programs.

The 168-member committee also approved a rule aimed at penalizing states that try to “leapfrog” one another by conducting presidential primaries before March 1, a move that RNC chairman Reince Priebus called “reforms to put Republican voters, not the liberal media, in the driver’s seat.”

He later called it a “historic moment” in “taking control of the primary process.”

Without naming names, Priebus even took a dig at the type of comments that have made negative headlines from Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock on abortion during campaign 2012 to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at the RNC podium Thursday talking about the Dems’ communication to women.

“Our example matters,” Priebus said. “I’ve said many times before that the policies and principles of our party are sound. However, as we look to grow the ranks of our party, we must all be very conscious of the tone and choice of words we use to communicate those policies effectively.”

One person in the ballroom clapped loudly in response to this statement, and a handful joined in.

“We should set the standard for future RNCs – and also set an example for other Republicans,” Priebus continued. “We all know the GOP has to get out of our comfort zones and go to places we haven’t been for a while and engage and welcome new voters.”

The chairman said engagement efforts mean “getting to know communities where we hadn’t been for a long time, and we’re talking to people who hadn’t heard from us for too long.”

“That’s how you grow a party,” he said.

Priebus singled out Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), as well as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), as members of Congress who have been thinking outside of the box on policy and outreach.

“I’m glad to see friends like Rand Paul going to Detroit to support the party’s efforts there. Likewise, I’m glad to hear Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Rand and others taking up difficult issues, sharing Republican ideas on how to fight poverty in this country—a problem that has gotten worse under Democrat leadership and this administration,” Priebus said.

“They each have their own approaches. But at the end of the day, expanding opportunity is always the focus. And that’s what we stand for as Republicans. The issue of income inequality is best addressed by ensuring equal opportunity for all.”

The chairman said the GOP needs to seize on the fairness doctrine message pushed by President Obama, expected to be his main theme at next week’s State of the Union address.

“When we make sure people have equal opportunities – in education, in the job market, in health care – we can all end up better off. That’s the right approach. And that’s what’s fair,” Priebus said. “I think that’s what Americans expect from their leaders. Fairness. We’re about that as a party, too. It’s not fair to voters when leaders they trusted lie to pass their agenda.”

“Republicans are going to stand for fairness, freedom, and equal opportunity for all Americans.”

Priebus took shots at those sowing a message that the party is divided and hailed the RNC as a uniter for factions of the party.

“I’m disappointed when people try to attack our work—or create dissent, or the appearance of dissent, for their own benefit. Every once in a while, we read or hear some of our own friends even attacking the RNC,” he said, adding that the attacks are unwarranted because of the committee’s field operations, technology upgrades, outreach efforts, and “ground game that will help governors like Scott Walker and Rick Scott and all of our Senate opportunities across the country.”

“We’re doing something unprecedented here. When, in the history of our party, has the RNC been able to completely transform our approach to politics in less than a year?” Priebus said. “…As we keep up the work, let’s set an example for our fellow Republicans.”

Sharon Day, co-chairman of the RNC, said the GOP needs to not view courting women voters as outreach to a minority group as women make up 53 percent of the electorate.

Furthermore, she stressed, “We can’t fight the Democrats’ phony rhetoric on women with male voices.”

Day highlighted some of the RNC’s efforts intended to target women, including an RNC women’s summit, greater cooperation with the GOP women’s caucus in Congress, a “Women on the Right Unite” project, more women in leadership positions on campaigns, and recruitment of women between the ages of 21 and 40 to serve as precinct captains.

“That is exactly the age group of women voters that we need to reach and we need to empower,” she said.

RNC members heard that the committee is in good financial health, with more than $9.2 million in the bank today, an increase of over $4 million from this time last year.

In addition to the resolution condemning NSA spying as a violation of the 4th Amendment, other resolutions that passed on a voice vote included a statement “warning that China’s peaceful rise might not be peaceful,” a call for a repeal of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a sense of the committee that U.S. military morale needs to be restored, a new pro-life strategy, a resolution on “taking back public lands,” and a recognition of the pact between the U.S. and Taiwan.

Also today, Priebus and Michigan GOP chairman Bobby Schostak issued a joint statement calling on national committeeman Dave Agema to resign for comments about gays and Muslims that have included defending Russia’s anti-gay laws as “common sense.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Good god, what a bland bunch of crap. Instead of trying to rebrand as the party of "fairness", how about rebranding as the party of freedom and prosperity? And making the argument that the former leads to the latter? Even though he didn't fully achieve it while in office, this Reagan guy made such an argument, and it turned out to be a pretty popular one -- not to mention that it's true.

Specifically, besides promising to get the NSA off our backs, the GOP should promise to get the EPA off the backs of job creators and health care mandates off the backs of us all. They should point out that the most successful industries in recent years have been the least regulated ones (high tech, fracking on private land, space). They should provide a grand inspiring vision of America ascendant once again.

How about it GOP? Is anyone in the party up for this challenge?
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The RNC is pretending to be anti-NSA now?

Hahahahaha!
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Every even numbered year, the Republican Party's political side [RNC and components] and their legislative members blow a collection of airborne solid and liquid particulates and gases produced by combustion up our collective anal orifii. It always sounds good, but it only lasts until the primary season is far enough advanced that the Institutional Republicans feel that they are safe. They then return to their normal imitations of Marshal Petain.

Till they actually DO something, I don't care what they say.

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Way to let the other side set your entire agenda. Wow...we're going to get into a "who is fairer" contest...JUDGED BY THE MSM! I wonder who is going to win?

Leadership requires that you LEAD! WE have to set the agenda.

Did Reagan get into a contest with Carter over who could turn the thermostat lower in the White House or be more "reasonable" in negotiations with the Soviets? I DON'T THINK SO...
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...women between the ages of 21 and 40 to serve as precinct captains.

“That is exactly the age group of women voters that we need to reach and we need to empower,” she (Sharon Day) said."

Sweet pea, a political party doesn't "empower" women. And what's with you specifying an age range ?

With all their trying-to-be-grandiose and expansive words, apparently neither Reince nor Sharon groks the level of deceit, manipulation and downright corruption the other side will freely use to, once again, defeat republicans.

Politics is now even dirtier than usual, kiddies.
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"The chairman said the GOP needs to seize on the fairness doctrine message pushed by President Obama, expected to be his main theme at next week’s State of the Union address."

Well, Reince, that's fairly fricking naive. How about the "excellence" doctrine regardless of the chromosomal factor ?

When the RNC chair yaks about "fairness", you could say Obama & friends (aka the least "fair" people on the planet) have him by the short hairs.
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Yup. Affirmative action and quotas for women. That'll show the country we're serious about equal opportunity, respecting the individual, and fairness and blah, blah, blah.....
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Well fairness unless you belong to the Tea Party, then not so much.
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The RNC! Doing everything in their power to ensure that the Democrats remain in power in D.C.!

(Junior O'Daniel is in charge of the RNC, folks. "We could hire our own midget, even shorter than his.")
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I'd like to see the House GOP do this.
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I don't know what irritates me more...the RINO's lies and broken promises, or the fact they think conservatives/Tea Party are total freakin' idiots who will believe any lie they tell us.
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They are really just this whipped and stupid. They actually think that the key to success is being perceived by the people to be nicer than the Democrats, and if they just go all out eventually those nice reporters in the MSM *have to notice*.

It's like the poor, not so bright, not very well dressed, awkward girl trying to get into the cheerleader's clique by badmouthing the people who ought to be her friends to the Queen Bee's BFF while begging to be invited to a party she will never get in to.

This is SO pathetic...
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Translation: The RNC would rather spin off a third party than listen to the actual members...
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In all fairness to themselves and their cronies, Republicans will continue to exempt themselves from laws they impose on the rest of the country, spend like fools on their pals' projects and continue to pass 1,000 page un-read legislation.

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