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Priebus on reaching out to minorities, women & immigration


ROTHSCHILD, WI (WSAU) -  Republican leaders urged their party members to stay positive, keep spreading their positive message, and talk about Wisconsin’s successful turnaround. The party’s state convention closed Saturday afternoon in Rothschild.

When asked about the party’s struggles with women and minority support, National Chairman Reince Priebus says they are changing the way they reach out.  "Over the next ninety days, you're going to see a  buildout of a political operation that includes more people on just the demographics piece than we had employed during the entire 2011 calendar year.  So, just on that piece, we're fanning people across the country.  We're going to community events and swearing in events and telling the people the story of our party."

There isn’t a lot of agreement within the party on the immigration issue. Congressmen Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner don’t agree on the solution, but that doesn’t worry Priebus.  "It's a fair acknowledgement that Republicans are leading this debate.  And look, even Rand Paul came out the next day after the (party's post-election) autopsy was released and said, "I'm for comprehensive immigration reform."  Now I would imaging that Rand Paul's package is different than John McCain's, but nonetheless, you've got Republicans leading on the issue."

When it comes to running government, Priebus says the nation can learn a lot from watching Wisconsin after turning around a deficit and making positive changes in the last two years under Governor Scott Walker.