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January 24, 2013

Priebus will try to rally GOP with message of inclusiveness

The Republican National Committee is expected to re-elect Reince Priebus as its chairman Friday, and Priebus already knows what he wants to say.

He released remarks prepared to delivery Friday at the RNC's winter meeting in Charlotte, saying that the party is ready to become more inclusive.

"We must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven’t before. We must develop the best technology with the help of the best minds—and train activists, volunteers, and candidates with the modern tools of a modern party," he is expected to say.

"We can stand by our timeless principles—and articulate them in ways that are modern...relevant to our time and relatable to the majority of voters. And that, I believe, is how we’ll achieve a Republican renewal. That’s how we’ll grow. That’s how we’ll win."

Some of the other prepared remarks:

"We can unite Americans around our values if we prove we can take them to a better place. So we must take our message to all voters and to every state.

"It’s time to stop looking at elections through the lens of “battleground states.” We have four years till the next presidential election, and being a “blue state” is NOT a permanent diagnosis.

"Simple “outreach” a few months before an election will not suffice. In fact, let’s stop talking about “reaching out”—and start working on welcoming in. Political support is cultivated over time—not 'collected on Election Day.

"In order to do all this, we need to empower, equip and train our candidates, volunteers, and operatives…whether it’s a college activist recruiting volunteers in Pasadena or a small businesswoman running for town council in New Jersey. Let’s host Skype-based training sessions and Google hangouts on campaign strategy, fundraising, door-to-door advocacy, and digital tools. We need to give the next generation of organizers access to the brightest experts.'

"And in the digital space, we don’t want just to keep up. We want to seize the lead."

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