KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee is defending plans to clamp down on divisive presidential primaries by limiting debates and shortening the campaign season.
GOP Chairman Reince (ryns) Priebus (PREE--bus) headlined a luncheon Saturday at the Midwestern Republican Leadership Conference in Kansas City.
Preibus backs tough penalties for states that get any early start on presidential primaries. He wants to limit the number of debates to avoid intraparty squabbles. And he wants to move up the GOP national convention from late August to early July or late June.
Kansas City is hoping to host the 2016 GOP national convention.
This weekend's Midwestern conference drew several hundred Republicans, primarily from Missouri or Kansas.
Among the speakers was former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who said he supports an earlier convention.