RNC - GOP chairman says NH primary fight is 'great for our party'

NOTE: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters on Monday that while the focus now is on who will carry the Republican mantle, the fight for most of 2012 will be about replacing Obama.

"The primary process last week in the battleground state of Iowa, and right now in the battleground state of New Hampshire, is great for our party," Priebus said on a conference call.

"The more voters in places like Manchester and around the nation who hear about the broken promises, the worse it will be for this president."

GOP chairman says NH primary fight is 'great for our party'

The Hill

Josh Lederman

January 9, 2012

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — The intra-party attacks in the race for the GOP nomination are growing more acerbic by the day, but Republicans say the process is healthy and will help the eventual nominee beat President Obama.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters on Monday that while the focus now is on who will carry the Republican mantle, the fight for most of 2012 will be about replacing Obama.

"The primary process last week in the battleground state of Iowa, and right now in the battleground state of New Hampshire, is great for our party," Priebus said on a conference call.

"The more voters in places like Manchester and around the nation who hear about the broken promises, the worse it will be for this president."

Priebus called New Hampshire "just a classic swing state," placing it in the top dozen states where Republicans hope their economic message about deficit-reduction and spending will allow them to win over enough Democratic votes to put their candidate in the White House.

So while the GOP hopefuls fight to the bitter end — which, in New Hampshire, comes on Tuesday with the state's first-in-the-nation primary — national Republicans are urging voters to take a step back and embrace the real goal of ousting the Democratic president.

"While all the focus right now is on the Republican race, the next 10 months must be focused on one thing: The failed economic policies of the president," said Wayne MacDonald, who chairs the New Hampshire Republican Party. "Talking about hope may win votes, but it doesn't fix the economy"