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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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do all republicans go through life with a permanent 'brain freeze?'

    November 13, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Balertwine

    Reince Priebus was so repulsive on TV I nearly puked. Why do TV hosts allow their guests to get on national TV and lie? He rambled on and on with flat-out deliberate lies. And he was not a good liar. It's people like Rinse that make "the political process" so repulsive. TV hosts have to put their foot down and call these idiots on their lies, because to allow them to ramble on and on spewing sewage causes the average viewer to reach for the remote and change the channel real quick. Nonsense, outright lies and deception, spewing from the lips of Liece Priebus, and to think there's people desperate for employment while that idiot gets paid to sit there and lie. Crazy.

    November 13, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Darren, Orange County CA

    Newt said it best: "Radical Right-Wing Social Engineering". The GOP in its delusional quest for ideological purity is blinded by the simple fact it is acting as a puppet for the Big $ Lobbies with no interest in serving the people.

    November 13, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. bilk7

    “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.

    Don't "portray" it! Stop voting against job bills and stop protecting tax cuts for the rich and stop providing lucrative loopholes to corporations.....and then, and only then, will Americans believe that Republicans have OUR interests at heart.

    November 13, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Max


    Priebus seems to be living in a dream world. Maybe his brain is also still freezing like Perry's. They can't even find a 'true conservative' candidate to go up against a 'true democrat' in Obama. Romney who will be the scapegoat left out of the bunch of bigots, is just as democratic as they come. That's what Obama will use against him.

    Romney is FOR abortion, FOR universal health care, For illegal immigration and FOR many of the things he will conveniently argue against. Even Priebus knows that Romney is a real democrat who takes conservative positions for convenience.

    We ALL want Romney to be the nominee since with him Obama has everything already on lock.

    November 13, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    and the RNC replaced Mike Steele with THIS guy!! Just shows how pathetic today's GOP is.

    November 13, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Reince Priebus has to know the followings

    1) To win the White House GOP need a real candidate that is missing
    2) Tea party is challenging republicans incumbent
    3) Ohio , Mississippi, Wisconsin are spoken in 2011 that they reject GOP agenda and they agree “69% of Americans said Republican policies favor the rich”
    4) Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida , and Arizona state republicans are in trouble 2010 momentum is gone

    November 13, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. dennis freeman

    Big difference with 2008 – solid candidates versus a bunch of 2nd tier politicians who are small thinkers and those whose time has passed. The Tea Party-led GOP has their A-Team on the bench for 2012.

    November 13, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Reince Priebus said Obama destroying the economy the fact is

    During the recession retail stores, grocery stores and health Industry were hiring

    Why their business depend on social security , Medicare , Food stamp etc so do the math who want to destroy the economy

    November 13, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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.”

    HELL NO you aren't, Priebus. If anything, our country needs "saving" from the entire lot of Grand Old Party war mongering, bigoted ideologues ready to repeat the exact same mistakes we suffered through the past decade by pushing another GW Bush onto America - be it Romney or Cain, Santorum or Gingrich, Bachmann or Paul - each and every one continues to endorse policy issues (foreign and domestic) which shook America from it's very foundation. To repeat 2000-2008 would be absolutely devastating ... not only to America, but the world as a whole.

    November 13, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Dixie AZ

    The Europeans aren't afraid to both raise taxes and make cuts. Here in the US, Norquist and his pledgers should be indicted for treason.

    November 13, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Tony in Maine

    The only one in the race who demonstrates the slightest intelligence is at 1%. That says it all.

    November 13, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. AlaskaPalin

    Fact: most americans believe that with a republican president the private sector will hire more, the economy will do better, the price of gas will fall, we will be energy independent, iran nukes capabilities will be destroyed (that's if it does not get nukes on obamas watch) and that barrack obama will lose the next election. Liberals (like myth romney) can take that in their collective, social agenda, tree hugging pipe of peace and smoke (pothead) it.

    November 13, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    This guy is not a computer geek, he is just one of those good old fashioned "geeks". And that goes right along with the GOP theme of "might is right" so bullies are cool.

    Come on 2012 – Obama has so much more to accomplish for the middle class and small business owners!

    November 13, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Pat in IL

    How can this man even try to compare the brains and moral and ethical standards of Hilary and Obama with the clowns who are most of the current Republican candidates??!!??!!

    November 13, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Jose the Wrangler

    Right – "We've got to do a better job" - of telling lies. When your own leader tells the truth, that the GOP is about radical right-wing social engineering, when the huge majority of Americans are against everything you stand for, why then, it's time to oil up the Big Lie Machine!

    November 13, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. RINO Bil

    I did not think this possible, but the way Republican Tea Partiers are conducting themselves have made Barack Obama and the Dems look like a much more attractive atlernative.

    November 13, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. slippery

    slippery tongue speaks snake oil

    November 13, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. ED FL

    Trying to visualize Perry Presidency[ Russia launches missles at Us and Perry cannot remember who Russia is. Cain same Scenario [do not have time for war this chick is real hot.] Gingrich same scenario cannot be bothered Wife no# 5 or 6 needs to go to tiffany's and sweet talk them into an extension on our line of Credit. Bachmans husband give up on gay school and they have to find another way to get Government hand outs since she lost her house seat. Preibus you get blamed for all of this as you are the one that brought these candidates up for election.This could be your Moment of Fame and put you in line for Governor of Wiscosin to replace WALKER who walked /got kicked out.Who would have thought the whole thing is your fault. HMMM 300,000,000. Your name is mentioned frquently!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Tired of the nonsense

    How can the GOP hope to win an election when the nominees are lucky to have a combined I.Q. in the double digits? The American People don't want another Bush-like regime up there with an idiot at the helm.

    November 13, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Joshua Ludd

    So, Priebus thinks the GOP needs to do better since most think their policies favor the rich. Let me guess, what he means is that they need to do a better job convincing people that they don't.. not actually changing their policy positions which absolutely and obviously favor the wealthy. After all, their offer to the supercomittee to raise some taxes came with the offset of a further 7 percent cut in taxes for the wealthiest. Trickle down economics hasn't worked in three decades, and it is not going to start working before the sun finally burns itself out in a few billion years.

    November 13, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Martha in CF

    Spell it out Reince Priebus-take all the vowels out and you get RNC PR BS.....It says it all.....

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 13, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. dnick47

    Especially watch Newt! Recall that when he became Mr Speaker, one of the very first things he and his Republican did was to meet in the wee hours of the morning and vote themselves a hige pay and benefit increase. These are the same old "what's-in-it-for-me" folk they were back then, so I imagine he'll heve the Republican Congress vote the Office of President and themselvess one huge pay increase and benefits plan. Watch.

    November 13, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. kenny

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus thinks Republicans can win a hard fought campaign like President Obama did. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and the Republican Party may have a hard campaing to fight but their fight will be nothing like President Obama experienced because Democrats are not going to attack the Republican nominee with the lies Republicans use against Obama. Republicans are going to have a rough time because they are running a bunch of "Hot Heads", "Idiots", "Dummies", and Herman Cain who is whatever you may want to call him. Republicans, this year are donating more this cycle to the Obama re-election campaign than Democrats in that they are donating new voters from the Republican side.

    November 13, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. bill

    republicans would do right to admit they favor the rich, and have managed to have many non-rich people to believe that they are parasitic beneficiaries of the trickle down republican theory that for every 100,000 dollars they give the rich in tax breaks that the rich will generate 300,000 dollars back to sociaty.why don't we all just will our money and belongs to the rich so they can take care of families when we die – and go to republican heaven in good standing.

    November 13, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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