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New RNC Chairman Lays Out Vision In Jackson

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 22 Feb 2011 09:33am | comments
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at the GOP headquarters in Jackson.

The new chairman of the Republican National Committee says he wants a Republican in the White House in 2012. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus came to the Magnolia state on Tuesday, and MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports on his vision for the party.

Reince Priebus was elected to lead the Republican National Committee in January.

He is taking over a party fresh off a sweeping mid-term election that gave them control of the house and narrowed the margin in the Senate.

Priebus, the former head of the Wisconsin Republican Party, spoke at the Mississippi GOP headquarters in Jackson and laid out his vision for the future.

“I think that the American people, just like the people in Wisconsin, want to see us go in the direction of balancing the budget, being fiscally responsible, getting these crushing deficits, whether it being in the state of Wisconsin or in Washington D.C., to get these deficits under control,” Priebus said.

Government spending has quickly taken center stage in Washington.

Congress has to work out an agreement on federal funding to keep the government running in less than two weeks or potentially face a government shutdown.

Governor Haley Barbour, himself a former RNC chairman, says a government shutdown is unnecessary, but thinks budget cuts are needed in order to keep the government open.

“It is evident to everybody that we have to have savings, we have to reduce spending. And that is a fair price for there to be an extension and increase of the budget ceiling. And that is really what is about to me. How much savings should we have,” Barbour said.

Mississippi Congressman Greg Harper says House Republicans blames Democrats for the budget stalemate.

Harper see the cuts in the house budget plan as just the beginning saying that the congress has to go further and reform the country's long term entitlement spending such as social security and Medicare.

“Just that if we cut every bit of non-defense discretionary spending we still don’t solve the problem. So do I have a plan on that? No. But do I believe we have to address that? Yes, we do at some point,” Harper said.

The press conference also saw another Mississippi Democrat, state Senator Ezell Lee of Picayune, convert to the Republican party.

In the last two years, five state representatives and two state senators have crossed party lines and joined the Republican party.

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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at the GOP headquarters in Jackson.


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