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. K. in Miami

    It's absolutely amazing that Republicans/Tea Partiers use LIE's day in and day out and don't get called out on it....Listening to J. Boehner and E. Cantor and Grand Wizard Mitch McConnell is like listening to nails on a chalk board followed up by a pile of horse manure......

    Whats incredible, is that your average everyday low level Republican (Average White Person) believes the lies they hear on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and they proceed to vote against their best interest all in the sake of voting consistantly with their white voting block, this is more amazing that any lie that the republican leaders and Fox News tell daily....I'm White, and it's painfully obvious that people I know vote Republican based solely on voting with their white voting block, pathetic........!

    November 13, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Vigla

    It is painfully obvious that the Republican Party of Reagan is LONG GONE! They are now the party of wackos and the ultra rich.

    November 13, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. otermbachmann

    Ha ha, help save the country, now that's funny.

    November 13, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Dadster

    Of course they have it hard! How can they not when Republican candidate after Republican candidate continues to tell the American people that the wealthiest need more money to produce jobs and stir economic recovery? Even when the Bush tax cuts, capital gains tax cuts and the Repatriation of $360 BILLION produced nothing! Same lies different story tellers. Now the Republicans on the Debt Committee say they are willing to raise some taxes like reducing the amount of what ALL American tax payers can claim, but insisting that the 35% tax bracket be reduced to 28%. In other words, All AMERICANS can pay more so that the wealthiest can pay less!

    November 13, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. FactChecker

    He has an interesting theory. The problem is that they are all saying such stupid things during the debates, Can anyone watch Rick Perry, the longest serving governor of Texas, and not have serious doubts about the Republican party?

    November 13, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. jrumor

    i like to hear them talk about taking the country back... i assume to the 1950s... that is fine, if they want to use the tax rates and Ike's idea to govern. well, not the racism...and it is good for women to have modern rights... but Ike's ideas on health care, infrastructure, foreign policy were fine.

    November 13, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Disgustipated

    I would of jumped off a cliff if my name was Reince Priebus!

    November 13, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Nevis

    Priiebus just doesn't get it. Obama will win the election going away. The candidates are so weak that he knows that it is a lost cause..So down stream the question will be how the republicans will respond. They know they can't continue to be obstructions so they will have to compromise. That is what is their biggest concern- how do they do it and not go back on their pledge to Grover. They will begin posturing for 2016 by claiming successfully bringing the economy back from the brink. The democrats will only have to wait them out because they will be no stronger in the future. The GOP has lost its discipline.

    November 13, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. P.G

    "Capitol Gains tax cuts will increase revenue". Reince, we've heard that broken record since 1985. I'll give you 14 trillion reasons it doesnt work, moron. GOP, please man up to the truth before you run this country over the cliff. Stop sucking off the Koch bros.

    November 13, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. pat carr

    they should have it hard. GOP campaigned on JOBS....where are they?

    November 13, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. Poipounder

    "The GOP candidates have a chance" what are these people on drugs

    November 13, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. Angela

    I think he has brain freeze. Maybe the whole party does. That's the only explanation I have.

    November 13, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Geoffrey in Lowell MA

    The Democrats always had the more coherent and better policy but the Republicans lied their way around it. In 2010 they got some fools to believe them but we all see what that got us.

    The Democratic party is also really waking up to reality and it won't sleep through 2012 as it did 2010. When it comes to massive demonstrations and populist campaigns we Democrats are the masters.

    November 13, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  14. Shardik

    "Barack Obama survived a bitter primary fight with Hillary Clinton to become president and so will one of the Republican presidential contenders" – – – The problem with his analogy is it was known from the start they were both strong candidates, capable of winning the election. The current GOP slate, not so much...

    November 13, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. monogopapenog

    GOP has it hard because not one of the candidates is worth a spit.

    November 13, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  16. Conscientia

    He who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind.

    November 13, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. Joseph B

    Who were the 31% who think the GOP policies do not favor the rich?

    November 13, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Wake up GOP smell the coffee

    November 13, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  19. matrix09

    This guy and his party have deliberatly blocked any attempt to repair this economy. If cut taxes and government worked we should be inthe best economy we hav ever had because thats all Bush and the Republicans did for eight solid years. Priebus you are a lying sack.

    November 13, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  20. demogal

    Bring it on, Repugnicants. Obama 2012!

    November 14, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. once upon a horse

    @ AlaskaPalin.......

    not sure where you get your "FACTS" but fact is that the Republicans are polling at a mid 20's overall approval rating which is lower than both Obama and the Democrats. Another fact is that there are many Americans that blame the GOP for the mess we're in and not being able to get out of it. And also a majority of Americans think that the GOP favor the WEALTHY over the rest of us. So no I don't get my facts from FoxNews or right wing talk shows but there is a site online for fact check but most right wingers avoid it like death for some reason.

    November 14, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  22. Squigman

    I'm amazed that the populace (fragmented at best), believes that the republican party is now, and has been in the past, the standard bearers for capitalism, and religious purity. Seems that there's a cloud at best, and a smoke screen at the worse hindering the vision of this falsehood from becoming the clear vision that no one can deny. Seems that there were more businesses looking directly at the drain during the Bush years, when both houses were in full control of the republicans. Then along comes a democrat controlled congress, that had to fight for recognition by Bush, and then control gets shifted to the democrats, in the White House. Since this occured the amount of mud slinging and back biting by politicians has went through the roof, while the markets and incomes of common people has dropped like a rock in mid-air. Oh and by the way, whether you want to recognize it or not, if you are a business owner with a loan outstanding, you are not the master of your destiny, that you may think you are. The rug can be pulled out from under you at any time, and the republicans wont give one damn about your situation. Capitalism? Yes. False chest beating, and false representation for the sake of power? No. WAKE-UP...

    November 14, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  23. CBR

    Newt Gingrich has his own agenda and it is definitely available to anyone who wants to read it.

    The Republican Party Chief is not easy to understand. He is not clear and concise by any means. The Party has some very good people who could run for President. There has never been a shortage of leaders who could be elected Unfortunately they do not fit into the conservative mold for politicians. They do not flip flop in the issues either, What a day it would be when the Republicans stop pandering to the right wing and do what is best for the country. It is a very sad commentary on the leadership of the Republican Party.

    November 14, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  24. BBB

    V. (archaic) Laying pre-emptive groundwork for future excuse-making when needed!! a liar to the core!

    November 14, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  25. zip

    This current GOP crop makes me long for the days of Nixon and Dole. Yeah. I can't believe I said it either.

    November 14, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
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