Reince Priebus, the chairman of the
Republican National Committee (RNC), has dismissed a call to moderate
the Republican Party's message on gay marriage.
When asked by a female reporter during
an Iowa press conference discussing plans to boost the party's image,
“How about moderating the message? [Former RNC Chair] Ken Mehlman
was here several weeks ago saying it was time to moderate the party's
message especially on same-sex marriage,” Priebus said he did not
think that was necessary.
“You know, I don't think, listen I
don't think our platform is the issue,” Priebus said. “I think a
lot of times it's some of these biologically stupid things that
people say that I believe caused a lot of the problems. I thought
that the Democrats played an inside straight. They talked about a
war on women that didn't exist. It was not working and then [Senator
Todd] Aiken comes along and they draw a card on the river and
suddenly they got a caricature that they are trying to prove
nationwide.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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Priebus' remarks come as a new study
shows that a
majority of young Republicans (51%) support marriage equality.