Priebus: 2012 primary might be a long road
November 13th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
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Priebus: 2012 primary might be a long road

Washington (CNN) – Barack Obama survived a bitter primary fight with Hillary Clinton to become president and so will one of the Republican presidential contenders, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” Priebus used President Obama’s win in 2008 as evidence Republicans can be victorious in 2012 following a hard fought primary season.

“I think primaries work,” Priebus said. “After all is said and done and all the drama goes on, we are going to have a completely unified party.”

However, Priebus, currently in his first term, said he does not know when the primary fight will end, suggesting it could continue through March 6th, Super Tuesday, or the contest heavy month of April.

“It could be before then, it could be just shortly thereafter,” Priebus told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “I do know we are ready to go and we’re ready to help save this country.”

But when presented with a recent CBS/New York Times poll in which 69% of Americans said Republican policies favor the rich, the RNC chief said it was a sign the GOP needs to do better.

“Obviously we’ve got to do a better job or, according to this poll, of portraying the fact that number one, we want you to have a job, we want every American to be making more money and we want to reduce taxes on every single American, no matter what income category you fit into,” Priebus said.

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soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. JOE

    @ Balertwine

    I totally agree with your comments but the reality is that these rightwing nutheads will continue to lie and distort the facts simply because LIES win votes. Remember what happened at the midterm elections? The gop won by a landslide on their own failed and broken record and the end result is a republican controlled House that is deliberately stalling progress. So I agree with him to the extent that anything can happen in 2012 and for two simple reasons. The first again is because the American people are easily manipulated and misled by lies. And secondly, anything can happen in 2012 especially if the democratic party sunconsciously does like it did during the midterm which was to sit back and remain totally silent and withdrawn from the political scene, failing to challenge the gop on the issues and inadvertently helping the gop to score political points and influence voters with their bogus and outrageous lies then there's no telling what this lackadaiscal and disingaged leadership by the democrats can have on the gop's chances in 2012. But I'm still optimistic and confident because of supportive and educated Americans like you. And together we can help President Obama to be victorious in 2012.

    November 14, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. JennyTX

    I'm glad people are finally waking up to the fact that the GOP stands for nothing but helping rich people and corporations, at the expense of the poor and middle class.

    November 14, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Dave

    I wonder how he could claim this with a straight face, "we want you to have a job, we want every American to be making more money and we want to reduce taxes on every single American, no matter what income category you fit into..." What a CROCK. They don't want to reduce taxes on the middle class at all. In fact they've fought tooth and nail to ONLY keep GWB's tax breaks for the wealthy in place and could give a c r ap about the rest of the nation. Poor? Struggling? No health care? It's your own fault. They've got theirs and the hell with everyone else. That's the GOP world view. Forgetting of course that it's standing on the backs of others (the middle class) who made them wealthy.

    November 14, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. AlaskaPalin

    Liberals are so narrow in their scope and source of information it causes their intellect to be dormant. This on fox news- gop candidates gave up on foreign policy because of obamas successes- that's fair and balance. Foreign policy alone does not a president make. If the gop field is so weak why is obama not polling above 45 percent? Will he retain 70% of the black vote; 40% of the hispanic vote; 35% of women vote and 50% of the youth vote. The trend is pointing towards a low turnout amongst his core supporters. The teaparty (can no longer be labeled as racist) is fired up and ready to go! Even liberal televangelist chris m and the siren Rachel M are prophecying and singing the coming one term political demise of their icon obama.

    November 14, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    AlaskaPalin@9:11am===It's the economy stupid. And Republican/TP will not do a thing to help make the economy better, because they think a lousy economy will help them win the election. But I think most people can see through their game.

    November 14, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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