Priebus: Wisconsin Will Be a Targeted State in 2012

Thursday, 26 May 2011 02:40 PM

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When it comes to deciding who will be the next resident of the White House, it will come down to economics, says Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. The former Wisconsin GOP chairman talked about the key issues Wednesday in the presidential race, including the fact that he expects his home state to play an important role, WISN-TV ABC 12 News in Milwaukee reported Thursday.

Reince Priebus, Wisconsin, election, 2012
Reince Priebus: Election will boil down to economics. (Getty Images Photo)
"We are making the case, the economic case, to defeat Barack Obama," Priebus said. "At the end of the day, I think this is going to come down to a couple of fundamental questions for the American people. Are you better off today than you were three years ago? And I think most people are going to answer, 'No.'"

Priebus said he has been working almost nonstop, with a lot of time on the road, to defeat President Obama and other Democrats. It’s also been a whirlwind of change jumping into the national spotlight.

"It's been an adjustment, obviously me not being home as much as I'd like to be,” he said. “I've got two little kids — Jack, who's 6, and Grace, she's 1 — but they've moved here to Washington, D.C., on and off to make it a little easier.”

Priebus is convinced that the race eventually will bring much of his focus back to his home state.

Wisconsin “is critical,” he said. “I think Wisconsin going red is critical. I think it's going to be one of a number of targeted states in 2012.”

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