Priebus is prepared to spend the next two years prioritizing the improvement and modernization of the committee’s outdated and overmatched voter-turnout operation.
“When you decide to lead the effort, you sort of also decide to own everything, too,” Priebus said. “That’s what leaders have to do — I think that’s what I have to do as chairman of the party. Instead of being defensive, my view is that it’s my responsibility to say, ‘tough,’ you’re the chairman of the party, lead the way and try to figure out what improvements we need to make.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.