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Chris Wallace Grills Reince Priebus Over GOP Rebranding: We’re ‘Open For Repairs’

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus defended his party’s rebranding efforts to a skeptical Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

In response to last week’s tongue-lashing by Bob Dole, in which the former presidential nominee said the Republican Party had become too extreme, Priebus said, “We’re not closed for repairs, we’re open for repairs.”

“That’s the Republican party that needs to grow, that needs to win presidential elections, and needs to be a year-round, permanent operation, which is what we’re building.”

“It’s not just a question of being there, it’s also what you say,” Wallace said, pointing out that Obamacare is quite popular with Hispanic voters even as Republicans hold endless show votes to repeal it.

“I do believe that policy positions matter,” Preibus said, “but it’s also sometimes not what you say but how you say it. Having a year-round party, that’s on the ground all the time, and that’s also telling the story of the Republican party, the history of equality, freedom, and opportunity, is something that our party needs to do, and we haven’t been doing it.”

Priebus also tried to tie Obama’s decreasing approval rating to the economy as much as the various scandals. “The economy’s going to go up and down, but the long term health of this country, the improvement, is not being felt by the American people.”

Watch the whole exchange here:


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