“This is an extraordinary moment.
I’ve been involved in politics for a very long time, and I’m absolutely delighted that this is the moment I’ve come to.
It’s an amazing thing to be in this position.””
The only way you can be in that position is to be completely focused on this one issue and to go out and do the work,” he said.”
And this is an incredible job.
And I’ve got to give it my all.
And, obviously, the people of the state of New Hampshire are going to be proud of it.”
Brand, a former New Hampshire Republican Party chair and current executive director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, said the party needs to take a hard look at its “leadership vacuum” and “weakness” to help the GOP recapture the White House.
Brand, who is also a state legislator, said that the party’s inability to elect a woman president “is a tragedy.”
“I think we have to be very clear, this is not about women, it’s not about minorities, it is about the issues,” he told reporters.
“This is about this country.
We’ve got a country that has a lot of issues that are very important.
And we’ve got leaders that are going around saying ‘Well, we’ve done this before.
We’re going to do it again.’
And it’s a failure to address those issues.”
Brand also said that he believes the state’s GOP can still win the 2020 presidential election and “move forward” without “political correctness.”
“We need to do a better job of standing up for what is right, and being a part of the solution,” he added.
“It is a failure of leadership that has led to a political correctness and a culture of fear.”
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, New Hampshire GOP Chairman Eric Greitens defended Brand’s comments and said the state party has been “outraged” by Brand’s remarks.
“We are appalled by his statement, which comes after weeks of our party engaging in a dialogue about race, gender and religious freedom,” he wrote.
“In fact, this dialogue has been the main focus of our campaign in the last two weeks.
It has been a very positive effort and one that has shown that we are unified behind our principles.
I believe it is now time to move forward, as we have done for the last three years, by taking a hard, thoughtful, focused and inclusive look at what it takes to win the White Houses.”
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Brand said that “it was not my intention to use the platform” of the Statehouse to advocate for a particular agenda or position.
“I was going to use it as an opportunity to tell my side of the story and to ask questions of people who have been a part on my side, but they’re going through some of the same struggles I am,” he continued.
“So it was my intention, I wanted to do that, but I didn’t intend to use this platform as an occasion to advocate a particular position.”
Brand added that the state GOP is “not interested in having a discussion about race or gender, or anything like that.”
“There are a lot more issues to address, and it’s going to take leadership, but it’s also going to require an open mind,” he concluded.