(CNN) – The chairman of the Republican National Committee said Wednesday a prolonged GOP primary would only strengthen his party, and maintained the bitter battle between the four current candidates would be ancient history by the general election.
“I feel good about this," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said on CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.”
He continued, “I know that people argue over whether, you know, having a tough primary is a good thing or a bad thing. I just happen to believe that it's good for a party, as you and I have talked about many times.”
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Priebus was reiterating comments he’s made going back to the beginning of the election season. In November Priebus told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” the nominating process could continue through March 6th, Super Tuesday, or the contest-heavy month of April.
On Wednesday, Priebus said Republicans would have no problem rallying around a candidate in the summer months, arguing there was plenty of time for a GOP nominee to generate the support needed to win the White House.
“I just think that sometimes we lose perspective of how long June, July, August, September, October are,” Priebus said. “It’s going to be eternity. I'm not nervous about this at all. I think the drama and the tough primaries is a good thing for us.”
The 2008 election “put people to sleep,” Priebus said.
“I think it's laughable when I hear people claiming that, you know, we ought to put people to sleep again this time around and just move on,” he added.
As for Rick Santorum’s effort in Michigan to get Democrats to vote for him, Priebus said he wasn’t a fan.
“As chairman of the Party I wish people would follow Reagan's 11th commandment,” Priebus said, referring to Reagan’s edict that “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."
“I’m not particularly a big fan of that tactic,” he said. “As Party chairman, playing referee and getting in the weeds and, hey, this little piece is good and that's not good and this 30-second ad is over the line, I really don't get into that.”