RNC boss rejects notion of a divided GOP
October 28th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
11 years ago

RNC boss rejects notion of a divided GOP

(CNN) -– The chief of the Republican National Committee said Friday that he isn't worried about a split in his party between moderates and supporters of the tea party movement.

“I don't think anything is split at all,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

“You the have a party here that has multiple candidates running for president and you're going to have some people supporting one over the other," Preibus said. "That doesn't mean there isn't complete unanimity in the fact that we need to save this country from a president who seems to have a love affair with the man in the mirror without actually following through with any promises."

Burnett cited a CNN/ORC International poll showing roughly half (49%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents saying they support the tea party movement. Fifty-one percent said they have no feelings one way or the other about the movement, or they oppose it.

Priebus cited Democrats’ experience in the 2008 election as an example of a split party that emerged victorious.

“I think if you look at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and you go back four years ago, you had two people that fought each other all the way through the end of June,” Priebus said. “And guess what, it was pretty good for the Democratic party.”

Priebus said the 2012 presidential campaign will end up being expensive, blaming Obama for hiking up the price of the election by aggressively campaigning.

“The fact is, it's going to be expensive,” Priebus said. “We've got a president who's in love with campaigning.”

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"That doesn't mean there isn't complete unanimity in the fact that we need to save this country from a president who seems to have a love affair with the man in the mirror without actually following through with any promises."◄

    That's because EVERY promise is BLOCKED by the GOP.............................PERIOD!!! And the reason why the GOP is "blocking" everything President Obama wants is because their goal is make President Obama a "one-term President" .............................. PERIOD!!!

    Obama 2012 – because "BLOCKING" is only going to put the BLOCKERS against the ropes and President Obama comes out with a WIN!!!

    October 29, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  2. V. B. Loveday

    I wonder if Priebus believes his own propaganda.

    October 29, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  3. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Rinse Pubes is right in one respect: The GOBP deathcult is united in its slavish devotion to policies that are proven failures, such as deregulation and tax cuts for the ultrarich. Until someone in the phony "party of personal responsibility" actually takes some responsibility for these failures America is left with only one party that deals with reality. The GOBP, on the other hand, is nothing but a neocon deathcult. Caring for the greedy and not the needy is not the basis for a viable political party.

    October 29, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. zb

    The Republcian/Tparty is definitly not divided – they are all equally nutty.

    October 29, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Scott Kenan

    Oh yeah - the Republicans aren't divided is right, and here's why: They've so deeply cannibalized each other their bellies are full of each other and therefore they carry each other everywhere they go.

    Obama and Clinton DID in fact compete until the very end, BUT they did NOT devour each other in the process like the faux-Christian Republican Greed-Demon animals!!! See more of my pontifications here: http://scottkenan.blogspot.com

    October 29, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Ken

    The RNC and Republicans don't want the President to campaign or raise funds for his re-election. If they are so sure that he has done such a horrible job and that the American people favor Republican ideals ove Democratic ideals, then they shouldn't care how much he campaigns or how much money he raises.

    October 29, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. diridi

    this nation is already divided. o.k, Rich to Poor. Ratio you want 1:9 ratio....shame. Small business is not creating, only Manufacturing, Agriculture....will.

    October 29, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. movado

    Ever notice, when these group shots are taken, Romney is always in the center, oddly spaced apart from others, and wearing a faux presidential look? He's never seen waving/acknowledging to the audience.

    October 29, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Ed 1

    New word for today think about it:

    Ineptocracy (in-ep-tocâ-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable
    to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of
    society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods
    and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of

    Isn't that what we have with our leadership today thought so.

    October 29, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Jersey Bob

    Reince Priebus says there is no split in the Republican Party?!? How do you spell O-S-T-R-I-C-H? I guess head-in-the-sand is better than head somewhere else...... Call it a temporary improvement.....

    October 29, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Indy

    Reince Priebus , I think the Doctor removed on of those from my Granfathers butt when I was a youngster.

    The GOP is united on three fronts, to take out Obama and the middle class as well as the US Government in one swoop and if the world was about to end and somehow Republicans regained the Whitehouse the US will become the former United States of America.If the GOP wins the election it's all over for the majority.

    October 29, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Kenny K

    A republican spent over $150 million running for a governor of one state (CA) in 2010. You cannot blame Obama for the high costs; it is a fertile hunting season for media outlets, and they (the media) are going to make huge revenue.

    October 29, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. roro

    REINCE PRIEBUS, what was your mother thinking when she named you, or was she still under anesthesia? You make Michael Steele sound intelligent.

    October 29, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Sorensen

    Mr. Prairiebus does not think there is a split. Mr. Prairiebus does not think.

    October 29, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. george of the jungle

    It is more than divided. Look at the people running. WE got Joe the plummer A pizza guy ,flip flop Mitt,Newt who everyone really loves. Perry who governs one of the poorest states,WE have the witch hanging around and ol Palin who has been rakeing in the money. What happened to her TV show??? I have never seen such an ill suited group of people wanting to run our country. Vote for any of these crazies and you deserve what you get.

    October 29, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Justaminit

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    October 29, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. bilk7

    Preibus said. "That doesn't mean there isn't complete unanimity in the fact that we need to save this country from a president who seems to have a love affair with the man in the mirror without actually following through with any promises."

    Mr. Preibus obviously didn't pay attention to what Obama promised as a candidate. He promised to get us out of Iraq and to move resources to Afghanistan and to go after al Queda and the Taliban. He has done it. So as far as not "following through on any promises", Preibus is just plain wrong!

    October 29, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Justaminit

    Nope, no wacko's, poor debaters, stale perennial candidates, or corporate shills here. Just good ole Republicans with the same old talking points, cut spending, no new taxes, we will just print more money.

    October 29, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Marie MD

    The guy with the funny name is still in a coma about his party. The only thing these bozos agree with is how to bash the president and how, regardless of the truth hitting them squarely in the face, they can't and won't admit that they are wrong and lying.
    I never thought I would say this but I miss steele!

    October 29, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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