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GOP Chair To Focus on Indiana for 2012 Election

Reince Priebus says he does not want a repeat of 2008 when McCain lost Indiana to Obama.

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Republic National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he would focus attention on Indiana during the upcoming presidential campaign season.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says he will spend more time in Indiana leading up to the 2012 elections, working to ensure President Obama does not win the Hoosier state.

Priebus spoke at the Indiana GOP headquarters in downtown Indianapolis on Monday.

Campaign officials for President Obama said in June they would not focus much attention on Indiana in the upcoming presidential election because they assumed it would vote Republican. Republicans, on the other hand, plan to focus on the state.

“Chairman Priebus’ visit today highlights the importance of Indiana in the electoral map come next year,” State Republican party chair Eric Holcomb said.

Republican nominee John McCain lost Indiana in 2008. It was the first time in 44 years the Hoosier state went to a Democrat. Priebus pledged Monday that he would not let that happen again.

“I would imagine that we want to make sure we lock in Indiana and that we come here and get to know the people in Indiana and make sure that we don’t have a situation like we had in ’08,” he said.

Priebus declined to speak on behalf of any Republican presidential nominees, but pledged to personally visit the state as the 2012 election cycle moves forward.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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