Reince Priebus, the Wisconsin native and chairman of the Republican National Committee, dropped into Minnesota during a multi-state campaign tour on the eve of the 2012 presidential election. Speaking to a group of Republican activists and elected state and congressional officials, Priebus rallied the GOP faithful in Burnsville in hopes of getting Minnesotans vote in favor of a Republican for the first time since Richard Nixon in 1972.
Priebus recounted growing up in Kenosha, Wis., where his father was a union electrician. He said his father didn’t denigrate the city’s wealthy residents when they would drive passed a mansion. Priebus said President Obama, on the contrary, holds successful businesspeople in contempt.
“Here’s why we’re going to win in Minnesota: Because there is not a Democrat parent in Minnesota. And there’s not a Republican parent in Minnesota that wishes upon their kids this glass-half-empty, Life of Julia, Obama-world that this president is trying to jam down our throats. And we’re going to fix that tomorrow,” Priebus said.
Priebus earlier in the day had made three campaign stops in the swing state of Iowa. After his Burnsville rally, he travelled to Minnesota’s other swing-state neighbor Wisconsin.
Minnesota is not among the seven or so states that are considered the ones to decide the election in favor of either re-electing Obama or replacing him with Republican nominee Mitt Romney. But late in the campaign, Minnesota’s radio and TV airwaves have seen a pronounced uptick in attention from the Romney campaign and the political organizations spending money on his behalf.
Among the Minnesota notables that attended the Priebus event were State Party Chairman Pat Shortridge, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Congressman John Kline and suburban state legislators including Sens. Dan Hall and Dave Thompson and Reps. Diane Anderson and Kurt Daudt.
Priebus focused his criticism on Obama and said the election transcends the Republican Party.
“We’re not here because we’re worried about the future of the Republican Party. We love the party, but that’s not going to motivate us. What we’re here for, and what you’re working so hard for here in Minnesota, is we’re worried about the future of this country,” Priebus said.