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RNC's Williams: Polls Look Great, But Must 'Keep On Pushing'

By    |   Tuesday, 06 May 2014 04:50 PM

Promising early poll numbers are great for building momentum, but the Republican Party can ill afford to stop delivering its message six months out from the midterm elections, says one conservative insider.

On Monday, an election model developed for The Washington Post predicted that Republicans have an 82 percent chance of winning back control of the Senate in the November elections.

Raffi Williams, the Republican National Committee's deputy press secretary for youth and conservative media, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Tuesday that the "great" poll numbers are a clear reflection of the failed policies of the Obama administration but shouldn't keep Republicans from hammering away at that message.

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The Obama administration and Democrats "have failed time and time again when it comes to Obamacare, the economy, and foreign policy, and the American people reflected that in these polls," Williams said.

"As Republicans, we need to make sure that we don't rest on our laurels and that we take advantage of these numbers, keep going out there, working hard, talking to voters, telling them our message, spreading what we stand for, because right now, they're saying we stand for the Republicans on the economy and on Obamacare. So, those are things we need to keep on pushing because it's never good enough."

Williams did acknowledge the survey's findings have given Republicans important "wind at our backs going into the Senate" elections, and potentially the 2016 presidential election.

"Even the liberal mainstream media cannot spin these numbers," Williams said. "They cannot say, 'Oh, Republicans are losing here,' because we aren't. You look at 2010, when we had that landslide election, the tea party wave there, and they had the generic ballot at equal between Republicans and Democrats.

"Now we're looking at it, and it says Republicans are up over 5 points over Democrats across the board of the generic ballot. This is groundbreaking stuff for us, and this is going to be really helpful come November, and it's going to be helpful to build on going into 2016, which is very important as well."

Williams said the RNC would keep a relatively low profile during the primary elections in order to "let the voters decide who they think should be their best representative" before getting behind those chosen candidates and pushing them on the Republican ticket.

"We're going to be doing everything we can to unite people, whether it's through our field operation or our data engagement," he said. "I mean, these are things that we're doing to make sure the Republican Party is a big team that's working together and pushing ahead so that we can get wins in November."

A big part of that effort will include engaging young voters. Williams said one such effort is a program called Campus Captains, which identifies conservatives on college campuses and helps organize and empower them to educate other students on the issues before November's elections.

"I do talk to young people, and I tell them, 'Look, Obama has misled us. He's leading us down a bad path. We're going down the wrong direction as a country, and that direction at the end of the day, that's going to fall on us,'" Williams said.

"What's going to happen to us with Social Security? What's going on with Obamacare, and it impacting young people? We need to go out there and vote so that we can put the country back on the right track, so we can get the Senate back and force Obama to really make some tough decisions on his desk about whether he actually wants to create jobs.

"We need to just have a Senate that is going to force Obama to either say, I stand with the American people in creating jobs, and I stand with the American people having a better healthcare system that isn't Obamacare, or saying, I don't like Americans, or I'm not going to support Americans, workers, and citizens, and that's really the option that we're facing here in 2014, and it's something we have to hit home."

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