RNC Chairman on Trump: 'It's his choice'
May 16th, 2011
03:20 PM ET
3 years ago

RNC Chairman on Trump: 'It's his choice'

Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Donald Trump's decision to forgo a 2012 presidential bid was met with a shrug by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday.

"It's his choice," Priebus told reporters in Dallas, where RNC members are meeting for a three-day strategy session.

"I'd just say it's another day of putting the field together and making sure Barack Obama is a one-term president," he said.


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Reince Priebus
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Ah, yeah, you have your job cut out for you buddy.

    May 16, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. GJ

    Good luck with that. Even the crazies are too scared to run.

    May 16, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. LooneyBin

    "...and making sure Barack Obama is a one-term president."
    You mean your whole goal of winning the election is to win? Not to fix problems or to solve the debt crisis or bring back American jobs. Just... win.

    Thanks for making that clear to us, Pubus.

    May 16, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Sunny

    Who cares for this idiot Trump anyway?

    May 16, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Nick

    I can't wait till you get fired and eat your own words!! Sorry Republicans.. if this is the best you have then it will be a landslide for Obama! Funny how I don't see ANY proposals on job creation... You ran and won on job creation and so far its all about abortions and tax cuts for the rich.. oh and eliminating social security and medicare! Wow... its like watching a bug smashing into your windshield at 80 mph.. you see it coming and you can't help but watch the impact!!

    May 16, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Eric

    Maybe if you guys put jobs & economy first instead of "making sure Barack Obama is a one-term president" you would garner more support.

    May 16, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Bob

    Trump said after thinking about it he decided to stay in the private sector instead of going into a public office. Hell, the way our government is owned and controlled by big business and Wall Street he could have had the best of both worlds by running for president. Even worse, considering the mentality of the general public he could have probably got elected by all the star struck celebrity chasers.

    May 16, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. arduck

    Soooo beyond wnating to make the President a one-termer and unafforadable tax cuts, what does your party stand for? What solutions do you offer (besides those that long for the Happy Days (1950s)? Help me understand who you are?

    May 16, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    " ...making sure Barack Obama is a one-term president."

    And go back to the tried-and-failed Republican policies that got our country into this mess in the first place – if you're an average American. If you're a rich multi-nationalist, you do fine under the Republican system.

    This is all part of their 40-year plan to run up deficits (two unfunded wars and unfunded Medicare Part D), to then use that as an excuse to eliminate social spending. The Republicans only care about people with money and couldn't give a rat's behind about the Middle Class and poor. Sure, they pay lip service to "values" and being "Christian," but at the end of the day, they worship money and power – and are more than happy to see us turn into another third-world nation.

    May 16, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Name king

    Trump messed up when his true progressive side came out by mistake. That is something the conservatives hate. They see trump as a democrat. Something trump have a problem hiding. But I won't tell you I told you so about trump. I don't know how he's so successful in what he does. It's just things That makes you say mmm.

    May 16, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    "I'd just say it's another day of putting the field together and making sure Barack Obama is a one-term president," he said.

    Well someone better tell Rinse Prius that the GOP better do better than the current crop of clowns: Flip-Flop with good hair, the lustful Patriot who also flip-flops, the nutcase female from MN, the boring wannabe teepeer from MN, the not Barack pizza guy, the Wasilla Quitta, Bush's Budget Director.....really? BUSH's budget guy....wow, Ru - I mean Ron Paul, the puff puff give dude from NM, and if I'm missing anyone else it is because they are so entirely forgettable. Rinse Prius should focus on 2016, since these clowns are toast. LOL @ the GOP.

    May 16, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Rosslaw

    Priebus seems to be taking the loss of Ronald McDonald in stride. I'd hazard to guess the President Obama team is taking Ronald McDonald's decision a little harder since they would have beat this buffoon like a red headed step child, appropriately enough.

    May 16, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. melissa

    what concerns me is that his agenda is on making Obama a 1 term president. what are your agenda for the people of the US? how do you propose to handle the deficit, lack of jobs, recession, wars and etc. we can see the state of chaos we're in, what is your plan to get us out of it. it's going to take more than just getting obama out of office!

    May 16, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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    May 16, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Trump never had any options to choose from.
    He had only one possible choice.

    May 16, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. vet in texas

    This thought process is what will cause the GOP to fail, you'll be surprised about how many moderates and independents need more than a pretty face, or bumper sticker slogans to motivate them. Yeah alot of people don't care as long as it isn't Obama, but you already have and always will have those voters. From day one, you've systematically lost the brown vote in each culture, and you need them to tilt the scales in your favor. Don't believe me, look at the number of registered voters in the 08' election, then compare that number to 10' election, the difference is ALL of your group voted to validate the tea party, so you won't get huge numbers on your side when the remainder of the electorate goes in 12'. The fact that all of your candidates combined, don't have enough personality to remove a sitting president. You can site Carter/Reagan, but what your not thinking about is the 24hr new cycle, and instant fact checks on the misleading statements. Throw in a little discourse of the Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, union bust failure, and you'll quickly see that this election's only purpose, is to fill the debt of the RNC so that they can focus on 14'.

    Essayons America

    May 16, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Marry

    Mr. Chairman – keep on dreaming! With the remaining “pretenders" the "project “make the President fail” failed!

    May 16, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. A Kickin' Donkey

    I honestly believe that all the verbal diarehha from Palin, Limbaugh, Angle, Hannity, Bachmann, Guliani, Trump, Gingrich and Huckabee was ALL part of RNC racketerring to throw every possible piece of dung possible at the President with the hopes that some of it would stick. Birth Certificates, Socialism, etc.

    Once sullied, the GOP plan was to roll out a more repsectable, mainstream adult candidate [Romney, Daniels, Huntsman] to take on the President. By so doing, the Republicans hoped to demonstrate to their rabid base that they were serving their paranoia – while later appearing to be civil and respectable in an effort to win over independent voters. I don't know that I've ever seen such a co-ordinated attack on one man sitting in the Oval office.

    I'm so glad that President Obama put a bullet right through the "B" team's plans. It's the same bullet he authorized go through Osama bin Laden.

    May 16, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. ja

    obama will be reelected, the likes of trump and gingrich don't stand a chance in hell of the even being nominated, america needed the likes of obama, you people holler we want our contry back where did it go and on who's watch, clinton left a budget surplus, bush jacked it off, obama inhierted a mess, 2.5 wars, one fought on lies, without questions hard asked

    May 16, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. kakaraka

    Really? Another wacco who doesn't get it. What have you GOP and tea baggers done for this country to deserve election? Nothing. Just politics of obstructionism. Big corporations, riches, millionaires get tax break while cutting medicaid, food stamps, medicare, education aid .. for the poor, olders and students. Disgusting budget proposed by Paul Ryan and voted by republicans. Sorry, you won't get my vote, ever. President Obam will be re-elected. You leaderless GOP party can't do anything.

    May 16, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. The unsub

    Hey! what ever happened to Steele?

    May 16, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Sorensen

    So Mr. Prairiebus does not care about Trump. He is probably right. He still has Palin, Bachman, Polenta, Gingrich and therest that nobody can even remember.
    Good luck with that.

    May 16, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    Spoken like a true Koch-head. Be honest, Sunny Jim: the most genuine person in the field just took his 30 shekels of silver and left.

    Its you who will be a one-term chairman. You and Michael Steele can form a support group.

    May 16, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Lolo

    See this is the republican and tea partiers problems. They are afraid of the black man leading the country right now that they will do anything to get him out. They would sell out their own mother if it will make President Obama go away. This is their only concern. Forget getting their heads together to try and get America on track again. They know that the dorrs will be open for all non-white people in America to run for the hightest office in the land. People thought racism was dead, but these peas in a pod have shown Americans a different view of the frustrated white people who think that they are the only ones who should be uinning America. If it were left up to them all non whites would be slaves again being whipped, lynched and everything else that they can think of to put the uppity people back in their places. Remeber they called President Obama uppity. This is the type of code words that they use amongst each other, thinking that people cannot read between the lines.

    May 16, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |