Priebus targets poverty in RNC speech

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusFormer Trump staffer suing Trump, campaign over sex discrimination Founder of veterans group says Trump Jr. can join the military if he 'really wants to understand what sacrifice is all about' Mulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes MORE focused on poverty in a speech at the committee's winter meeting Friday morning, directly taking on President Obama's recent focus on income inequality.

"The president is now preparing speeches on income inequality. I believe he should give those speeches while standing in front of the mirror, because on his watch everything has gotten worse," the RNC chairman fired off. "He should talk to himself because poverty is worse, food stamp dependency is worse and more people have given up looking for work under Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama marks MLK Day by honoring King for his 'poetic brilliance' and 'moral clarity' Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo MORE's watch than at any time than I can remember."

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Priebus said the GOP should focus more on discussing how their policies could help the poor.
"Republicans are going to stand for fairness, freedom and equal opportunity for all Americans," he said.

"When the federal government tries to equalize outcomes, we're all going to wind up equally worse off. But when it makes sure people have equal opportunities in education and the job market and healthcare, we're all going to be better off. That's the right approach and that's what's fair."

Obama and Democrats have made a renewed push on income inequality issues, and many RNC speakers this week have focused on pushing back on the issue.

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