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. Mike - WA

    The reason that the GOP has a hard battle is because they have flawed policies. The idea that all the laws, regulations and policies need to be structured to make the rich richer is not only bizarre, it is extremely corrupt. The onl;y way that the "trickle down" (or more apporpriately "trickle on") theory works is if the 1%'s pockets are so overstuffed that money falls out and the 99% can pick up the scraps.

    November 13, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. skarphace

    The only Republicans that could pull the moderate and Independent vote in order to beat Obama in 2012 are Huntsman and Paul. As neither of these will win the Repub nomination, it looks like 4 more years of the same. If this comes to pass, you have only yourselves to blame, Republicans, for nominating an extremist (assuming, as I am, that Romney will not win it either. However, he has no chance to beat Obama).

    November 13, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Cindy Ivine

    There is not a chance in hell that I will ever vote for a republican again until they go back to the middle which I don't see in any of these candidates.

    November 13, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. 2buttercups

    Are you kidding me?! Isn't this man at least embarrassed by the conduct of the so called candidates. I predict that the Republicans will lose a lot more than the White House in 2012. Their behavior is horrible and their "chairman" has done nothing to get them to stop making fools of themselves.


    November 13, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. Joe

    Translation: "We want to reduce taxes for everyone – ESPECIALLY THE RICH – but we'll toss you sorry poor people a bone every now and then. But under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will we cut taxes for the poor without having an even larger tax cut for the RICH. And when we do cut taxes, the poor will pay because we will cut programs for the poor – education, medicare, social security, roads, healthcare, anything that benefits the poor. But we will NEVER cut subsidies for the RICH: OIL subsidies, big business handouts, farm subsidies, etc." AND AMERICA STILL VOTES FOR THESE JERKS?????

    November 13, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. TomNPitt

    The Republicans are already unified. None of them are attacking each other for fear they'll give Obama some kind of a talking point. Way too many puppetteers pulling the strings towards their individual causes. The group is strapped, so they have to expand the Party bullet-points, into bizzarre statements to show everyone they're wackier than the other!! It's making all of them hard to vote for – let alone stomach!

    November 13, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. mjw

    As the saying goes " I know Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton" and the only candidate that even compares is Jon Huntsman and where is he in the GOP polls? The other candidates are completely misinformed and some like Bachman spew outright lies. I have faith in the American people and just like they dismissed Sarah Palin with her ignorance and lies they will do the same when the time comes. Having any of those people stand next to the President will be comparison enough to put him back in office. It will be good to watch.

    November 13, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Rick in AZ

    Let us hope the Primary season is long and hard. They Republican hopefulls will have flung so much crap at each other the eventual winner will never be able to wash it off.

    November 13, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. judith

    The GOP candidates are the worst bunch of candidates I've ever seen in many years of being a political junkie. I thought they'd hit rock bottom when they recruited Palin in 2008, but this years of clowns is even worse. President Obama will be reelected. He's the only decent choice.

    November 13, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. skarphace

    AlaskaPalin (by the way, that name kind of says it all): you love your Fox "Facts", don't you. I would ask you for a source for your claims, but I am sure none is forthcoming (other than Fox News), so I won't waste my time.

    November 13, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. hjs3

    Talking points are one thing and I would generally applaud the Republican Party for that but given the infusion of the T/P
    movement into the same the level of coherency has gone off the charts silly.....
    AS an Independent I'm almost embarrassed for them based on what has been put forth in these "debates."

    November 13, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. no1atall

    Glue, lighter fluid, meth, just what are you on Alaska Palin? No one, and I mean NO ONE with a brain is buying what the gop is selling. They're losing ground everywhere except in the tiny minds of the Tea Cult; which itself has supported nothing but faceplant nutjobs. Man, put the pipe down and rejoin the world!

    November 13, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Clwyd

    How can you win when all you have are 8 losers running. They want to start a war with Iran now after 10+ years in Iraq and Afghanistan. Losers! I don't think they know the mood of America and Americans1

    November 13, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Mr.Priebus is forgetting one thing in his pronouncement of a Republican victory in 2012...........The rest of the country has "had it up to HERE" with the nasty,destructive greed and total lack of principles on the part of the Repub party. Even my Republican friends are saying ""no more Repubs" !!!!. Just how arrogant do they think they can get when so many people are hurting and still think that those people are going to vote for them?? Mitch Mc Connell has made his little speech just a few times too often for us not to want to prove him WRONG!!!...... COME ON 2012!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. NoTags

    Lol, Priebus is delusional. I love this quote; “I do know we are ready to go and we’re ready to help save this country.”

    After 8 years of GWB destroying the Country, the GOP is now ready to save the Country. Forget it Priebus, Americans are not about to turn this Country over to GOP/tp rule.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 13, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. The Greedy Old Pigs have gone insane!

    "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."

    That's not at all what "most americans" believe out here in the real world. However, your words do speak quite eloquently to the diseased thought process of those cult believers who do "think" as you do.

    November 13, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Bill

    And while this unelectable collection of misfits and reprobates fight amongst themselves until next Spring, team Obama can continue to raise money, furrther their ground game (already inplace in all 50 states) and set the stage for his relection. I rarely agree with Ann Coulter, but she summed it up best – – "we need to nominate Christie or Romney will get the nomination and we'll lose." Well said and accurate. Obama 2012 folks.

    November 13, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |

    I don't see how anyone can support Obama and the Democrats who have trown their support behind the OWS vagrants and thugs. Obama and Biden are calling for passage of stimulus two. The say Republicans, by opposing it, don't want police to have jobs and want more murders and rapes. Yet Obama and Biden support the OWS camps where assults on police, murders, rapes and other crimes are a daily occurence. Unbelievable! Obama and the Democrats support of the OWS is totaly unbelievable! No one who supports the police or the rule of law can possibly support the OWS. With Obama's history of radical associations, I am not suprised at his support. The Democrat party I did used to think had a higher moral compas.

    November 13, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Alex in Wisconsin

    "If you remove all of the vowels from Reince Priebus, all you have left is RNC PR BS." For some reason, everytime Chairman Priebus speaks, I am reminded of this quote.

    November 13, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Seattle Sue

    Has anyone checked Priebus birth certificate? He just doesn't look American to me and that name sounds foreign.

    November 13, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. TinMT

    @ AlaskaPalin: Can you provide the research to back up your "facts" or is this wind you are passing just something that the voice in your head or Hannity told you?

    November 13, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. PhilG.

    For all the talk about how much of a shoe-in Obama is to be reelected in Democratic circles,the recent disclosures that he is just as corrupt as the Republicans when it comes to funneling billions of dollars to people that helped him get elected means this is an entirely new election.

    I never thought I'd say this but I find Newt Gingrich a possible alternative to reelecting Obama.


    Because it is clear the Republicans,who work for the rich,control the government now anyway and of all the morons running for President,Gingrich is the least moronic.

    If I vote in a Republican president then we can get the economy,medicare and social securtiy to finally crash and burn so we can all get past it and rebuild America better.

    The Democrats are DOING NOTHING RIGHT NOW.



    November 13, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    ... a recent CBS/New York Times poll in which 69% of Americans said Republican policies favor the rich...
    Actually, if Republicans had their way, everyone would be richer. Democrats favor keeping the poor poor and everyone else poorer than they are now. But don't take my word. Look around you and see how Obama's big programs have played out. Who wins? China, Japan, Korea, Germany...

    November 13, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP has to do a better, more convincing job of making people believe they will create jobs.

    So far, we see nothing to indicate that will happen.

    The one tool they can use, they don't discuss..........a penalty tax on US Corporations, importing their products from off shore. That is a compelling reason to business, to open factories, and create jobs.......but up to now, they aren't talking about it.

    Their ideas of tax cuts, will improve corporate profitability, but there is nothing there to COMPEL companies to bring jobs back from off shore. Absolutely nothing.

    November 13, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Mark

    I'm agreeing with most of these posts. The problem is that GOP has allowing tax cuts to expire on the most wealthy Americans while then turning around and crying about the debt. They also want to cut spending (which eventually needs to be done) at a time when we are in a recession and we need every teaching, police, firefigher, road construction, etc. job we can get. The GOP has been transparent in their hatred of Obama and could not even bring themselves to give him the props on getting Bin Laden and many other terrorists. And you will never hear them talk about him saving the auto industry, ending DADT (which he promised to do), winding down the Iraq war, etc.

    I've voted for both democrat and republicans in the past. But what I hear Republicans saying is they are going to do more of the same if they can get Obama out. Obama has pretty much been cornered into continuing much of the GOP policies and can't end the tax cuts for the wealthy without GOP support. But even outside the fact that all Republicans either have crazy ideas or just want to give more to the wealthy... none of the candidates have the poise or foreign policy strengths Obama now has proven to possess. Romney is the only one with a prayer and he is as big a flip flopper as they come.

    November 13, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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