RNC Chair: Iowa and New Hampshire Aren’t “Sacred Cows” After 2016

by Tim Alberta | National Journal  |  published on September 30, 2015

rimariesRe­ince Priebus and the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee have taken drastic steps to re­struc­ture the GOP’s pres­id­en­tial primary pro­cess, in­clud­ing cut­ting the num­ber of de­bates, com­press­ing the nom­in­at­ing sched­ule, and in­tro­du­cing harsh pen­al­ties for can­did­ates and states that vi­ol­ate party rules.

But with the RNC this week fi­nal­iz­ing its rules and reg­u­la­tions for next year’s primary, Priebus said in an in­ter­view that there is un­fin­ished busi­ness he’d hoped to handle ahead of 2016 and ex­pects the party to ad­dress be­fore the next cycle: shak­ing up the early states on the primary cal­en­dar.

“It’s a hot top­ic. These early states are very used to fight­ing this out every four years. It’s just something I think we ought to look at as a party,” Priebus said. “If you look at my his­tory, I’ve been very sup­port­ive of the early states as gen­er­al coun­sel and as chair­man. But I don’t think any­one should get too com­fort­able.”

  • donemyhomework

    He’s just trying to shake up the game. Decrease exposure is not a very good thing.

  • savage24

    Iowa and New Hampshire would indeed mean something if a GOP and RNC’s establishment candidate was the leader. But their candidates are far down the list, so it’s time to manufacture some good news for their crowd. Christie said that early polls mean nothing, he also is on the bottom of the list. Lying to yourself serves no purpose except to pump up your ego and self esteem.

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