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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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Will

    what else would you expect the GOP(Greed Over People) Chairman to say, Duh!

    October 28, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Clwyd

    the God Awful Party died when they let the teabuggers take control! Rest in Peace,! No, Rest in H-ll!

    October 28, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Keith in Austin

    Any angst within the GOP pales in comparison to what the American taxpayers and voters feel about Barry Obummer!

    October 28, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Jim

    When your platform is based on anger ,hatred and division as is the gop it can't help but turn inward at sometime

    October 28, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    “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,”

    He can’t compare GOP candidates to Hillary and Obama. Rick Perry treat Mitt Romney as enemy

    October 28, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Bushper

    The Republicans are now running scared. Their plan to make President Obama a one time President has backfired. The American people are now fully engaged politically and now know who is working for them and who is working against them of the two political parties.

    October 28, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. tcaros

    From left to right: Religious zealot and hypocrite, whackjob, Pizza greaser and fraud, no personality and belongs to a cult, a dollar store GW Bush, an old Republican fart, and lastly the crazy lady from Minnesota.

    October 28, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. d

    Oh i am ashamed to be from wi. we have walker the fitzgerald brother thugs and rince oh and lets not forget the great new senator of NO...we are better then this...i hope people wake up!!!

    October 28, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. Riley

    Romney will select a conservative as his running mate and all will be well for republicans to boot Obama out of the White House.

    October 28, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. skarphace

    And just what would you expect the chief of the RNC to say? Of course he is going to say there is no split.

    Regardless, I think there is a clear split between those Republicans that respect the First Amendment and those that want us to move more towards a Theocracy.

    This is why so many do not support Romney: his is not the type of Theocracy they want.

    October 28, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

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

    Yo' waiter, I will have a large glass of whatever Rice Princess is consuming! Make it a double!

    October 28, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Marc in Florida

    Divided is not the word – discombobulated better fits the description. They need to come up with a viable candidate fast. This current group has already self-destructed.

    October 28, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  13. Idiots4office

    These people are all idiots with no credibility. Until they get their facts straight, quit spewing rediculas claims and speak with a trace of intelligence they don't stand a chance beating their acclaimed Satan of the earth Obama.

    October 28, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. Bill

    Hey Rinse-

    Your party has been at war with itself ever since you brought the tea-baggers into the fold. The GOP is a laughing stock. And now you are blaming the president for campaigning and raising lots of money? Sounds like you are jealous. Your entire band of malcontents could campaign for a year and not even come close to what the president will raise for the general. See you next November.

    October 29, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. Ron

    Of course Priebus is right because there is no GOP to divide. It's dead and gone, never to be seen again. Sold out to the extreme right because a "half-black" man won the presidency. LOL

    October 29, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Stupid is as stupid thinks...

    October 29, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    It's split and I hope it keeps on splitting – until a former GOPer launches a third-party bid.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 29, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  18. Sharon

    She needs to stop. She is embarrassing herself and all other women.

    October 29, 2011 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  19. Dixie

    Some how it's always Obama's fault. Obama is a gentleman and a scholar. Not one of the GOP candidates is even likable, let alone qualified.

    October 29, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  20. Emil Nitrate

    Split? Maybe not.

    Cracked? Well that's another story.

    October 29, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  21. godott

    Got to love Priebus' comment – blaming the President while all of these "GOP candidates" do a very good job making each other look foolish.

    October 29, 2011 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  22. thomas

    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is in denial !

    It's a small world after all , a small , small , world !

    October 29, 2011 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  23. GaryB

    I think what we really need to do is save this country from a congress that gives giving government handouts to oil companies and extra tax cuts to people who are already rich above the well-being of the majority of this country's citizens.

    October 29, 2011 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  24. Donkey Party

    Is there anything the right-wing won't blame on President Obama??? Now Prince Reibus wants to blame GOP-bagger candidate squabbling on the President too? Really?

    October 29, 2011 05:07 am at 5:07 am |

    What are Bachmann and Rick Bush doing now? Deny deny deny.

    October 29, 2011 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
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