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