Can RNC leaders unify inner-party factions?

Apr 15, 2013

RNC Chairman Priebus Discusses Republican Party Strategy In Washington

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (R) talks with members of the press after speaking at the National Press Club March 18, 2013 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Republican voices from across the country gathered in Hollywood this past weekend to discuss the future of the party at the Republican National Committee’s annual Spring Meeting. Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus and other leaders had recently released an “autopsy” report following the last presidential election, highlighting many of the party’s liabilities, but the meeting seemed to produce a re-affirmation of the party’s controversial and potentially distancing positions, including a unanimous vote to uphold the party’s stance on marriage as exclusively a union of man and woman.

With seemingly some movement in recent weeks on the part of the GOP to compromise on immigration reform and gun-control measures, is RNC leadership going to be able to move the party to the center, or are far-right voices still holding most of the power?

Shawn Steel, Republican National Committeeman from California, former chairman of the California Republican Party

Mike Spence, former President of the California Republican Assembly, one of the oldest Republican grassroots organizations in California

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