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Ari Fleischer: GOP Growth and Opportunity Project Makes Gains

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 04:55 PM

By Lisa Barron

One year after Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, convened the Growth and Opportunity Project to plan how to better position the party to win elections, it has achieved several of its aims, says Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush.

"What has been most successful are the mechanical pieces, the things that a party is supposed to implement," he told Newsmax TV's John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Tuesday.

"Things such as getting a technology shop in order, catching up and getting ahead of the Democrats with data technology behind the scenes. Things like changing the primary calendar so we have a convention that takes place earlier in the year so our candidate doesn't run out of money and get beat up by the Democrats when they have a convention in August," he said.

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Fleischer, who served in the White House from 2001 to 2003, is now a media consultant for the National Football League, the NCAA's Bowl Championship Series, and other sports organizations and players through his company, Ari Fleischer Sports Communications.

"All of those mechanical pieces are being done plus, very importantly, outreach," he said.

"The party is making a determined effort to grow the Republican vote in places where we used to get shellacked.

"And if we keep getting shellacked in the minority communities, we will never win the White House again, so the party is doing a very good job in getting troops on the ground in the black community, Hispanic community, and Asian community. Places where we need to make our case, argue our merits and win more votes."

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