What are the key points of the Republican Party’s midterm strategy?
If the Republican National Committee is to have any hope of winning the House of Representatives in 2018, it must begin to plan for the 2018 elections, according to former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
In a wide-ranging interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Priebus outlined the party’s midterm game plan and how the Republican establishment must prepare for the 2020 elections.
“The RNC has to come up with some kind of game plan that I can understand, because it’s such an important year,” Priebus said.
“It’s going to be a big year for the party.”
The RNC, Priebus said, needs to prepare for 2020.
It needs to understand the 2020 electorate and understand the demographics of that electorate, he said.
For example, the GOP needs to figure out if there’s a significant group of people who are looking for change and will look for it in the Republican nominee.
And it needs to make sure that the candidate they choose does not align with the extreme views of the right.
They have to figure that out.
Priebus said the party has to figure all of those things out, and it needs a strategic team of folks who are capable of doing it.
The RNC’s midterm games will also be a key element in 2020, Priebus predicted.
That’s going be an important element in the strategy that we have to take advantage of because 2020 is a very big year in terms of the races.
And it will be very important for us to understand where we stand, because the Republican party is in the middle of an unprecedented election cycle,” Priebus added.
While Priebus did not name specific 2020 candidates, he did say that he believes there are “two or three” candidates who could run for the House.
But it’s unlikely that a “single, unifying” candidate would be able to defeat the Democrats.
Priebus, who was chairman of the RNC from January 2018 until March 2020, was forced out in March of 2019 because of an ethics investigation.
The probe centered on whether he violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits members from participating in partisan political activities.
We have to be as prepared as possible for 2020, but the challenge of 2020 is that it’s an unprecedented year,” he said, adding that “the Republicans have to make a strategic decision.””
[I think] there is a high degree of responsibility on the part of the GOP to be prepared for 2020,” Priebus told “Squak Box.”
“We have to be as prepared as possible for 2020, but the challenge of 2020 is that it’s an unprecedented year,” he said, adding that “the Republicans have to make a strategic decision.”
What do you think of Priebus’ assessment of the 2020 election cycle?