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RNC chairman courts Ron Paul voters: ‘We would be fools not to welcome in the liberty movement’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is courting the libertarian-leaning Ron Paul wing of the Republican Party, saying, “We would be fools not to welcome in the liberty movement in this party.”

In a video posted by the pro-Paul ConstitutionalWar.org on Sunday, Priebus was asked by an interviewer what his message is to Ron Paul supporters. The video appears to have been filmed during the committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte N.C. last week, when Priebus was re-elected Friday to another term as chairman.

“I want to reach out,” Priebus responded. “The fact of the matter is we’re not going to grow our party by closing doors.”

Priebus, who won re-election without opposition after pro-Paul supporters were unable to have their preferred candidate nominated under party rules, went on to say that “everyone’s welcomed, especially people who love and believe in liberty, freedom, the Bill of Rights, James Madison.”

The chairman also said in the video that he reads pro-Paul websites like the Republican Liberty Caucus and the Daily Paul.

“I think I read the Daily Paul everyday,” he said. “I really do.”

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