WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) —
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, laid out what he described as a positive agenda Thursday as the party heads into the midterms.
In a speech at George Washington University, Priebus outlined 11 Principles for American Renewal. He suggested Republicans have to be defined by what they are for and not just for opposition to President Obama’s programs, and also that the party has a reputation for its close ties to large donors.
"We had become a U-Haul trailer of cash for a presidential nominee," Priebus said in response to a question.
The Democrats have won the popular vote in every presidential election since Bill Clinton defeated President George H. W. Bush in 1992 except 2004, including the 2000 election when George W. Bush won the electoral college with fewer votes than Al Gore. Younger and minority voters are more likely to show up in presidential years.
"We also have become a midterm party that doesn’t lose and presidential party that doesn’t win," Priebus said.
Many of Priebus’ points were familiar. He said that if Republicans gain control of the Senate their agenda includes approving the Keystone XL pipeline, measures to increase school choice and a balanced budget amendment and going back to the drawing board on healthcare.
Priebus, whose mother’s family came from Greece to the United States by way of Sudan, suggested the party needs to move away from simply being anti-immigration.
"Our country should be a welcoming place for those who want to come here and do it the right way," he said. "I’ve seen the American Dream come true in my own family."