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.