During last year’s Republican National Convention, the establishment powers that be successfully pushed a series of rule changes that discouraged grassroots conservatives and Ron Paul supporters.
But after an unsuccessful election cycle, there are some signs Republicans are beginning to see that they need stop alienating the freedom movement. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus explained in a recent interview that the GOP needs to reach out to libertarian-leaning voters:
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is courting the libertarian-leaning Ron Paul wing of the Republican Party, saying, “We would be fools not to welcome in the liberty movement in this party.”
In a video posted by the pro-Paul ConstitutionalWar.org on Sunday, Priebus was asked by an interviewer what his message is to Ron Paul supporters. The video appears to have been filmed during the committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte N.C. last week, when Priebus was re-elected Friday to another term as chairman.
“I want to reach out,” Priebus responded. “The fact of the matter is we’re not going to grow our party by closing doors.”
This news was music to the ears of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is arguably the most libertarian member of Congress. In a statement, Sen. Paul expressed approval of the Priebus’ remarks.
“I look forward to working with Reince Priebus to grow the Republican Party,” explained Sen. Paul. “To grow we need to reach out to grassroots conservatives and libertarians, many of whom felt disenfranchised by the delegate process and the rules changes.”
But Sen. Paul notes the broader issue that the GOP has to address. “To grow we need a concerted effort to reach out to various ethnic and ideological groups,” Sen. Paul said, adding, “I hope to be a bridge between the establishment GOP and the new younger voters who want to see a more open, libertarian GOP.”
Priebus also noted that proposed amendments to change the controversial rules passed at convention last year would be heard during its upcoming meeting in April, which he appeared to suggest was a compromise.
You can watch the interview below: