Priebus talked about his “principles of American renewal” in a speech at George Washington University which focussed on changing the public perception of the Republican Party. Instead of what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called “the party of No.” he wants the GOP to become more than an opposition party.
His “unifying goals” would appear to include an improved immigration system, a strong national defense and conservative family values, strengthening the nation’s military, giving parents more educational choices for their children, promoting energy independence and defending the Constitution.
On social issues, he restated that the GOP is anti-abortion, but he was coy on same-sex marriage. “Marriage is key, not only to financial stability, but also to basic happiness,” he said. On abortion he said, “When a woman faces an unplanned pregnancy, society should offer our support and compassion.”
“If the American people hire us, we’ll be ready on Day One,” Priebus said. “People know what we’re against. I want to talk about the things we’re for.”