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. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    Shhhh! Let's keep it down out here. We don't want to wake this guy.

    November 14, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  2. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    AlaskaPalin – That's a fantasy you're sharing there, you know. The majority of Americans DO NOT believe that the GOP has a better plan for America. Read any poll that does not come from a right wing think tank.

    November 14, 2011 01:02 am at 1:02 am |

    After G.Bush 1 and 2 there should Never and i mean never ever be another republican president step foot in the White House again period.

    November 14, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  4. kat

    Anybody but BHO in 2012. It's scarey but even Paul looks better and he'a a kook in my opinion!

    November 14, 2011 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  5. Anonymous

    The Republicans need to let go of there anger towards Franklin D. Roosevelt who in the depth of the Great Depression, helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope !

    “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”

    November 14, 2011 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  6. jon

    Sure, let's just elect another Republican President so they can rip us a new one again.

    November 14, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  7. Edgar Friendly

    Of course the chairman of the GOP is going to say the GOP is going to be fine. If he said anything else he'd be actively hurting his party/job. It's not about this being a "hard" primary, it's about there being no GOP candidates that more than 25% of the party wants to vote for.

    It's fun to speculate why, but all that really matters is that it's true.

    November 14, 2011 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  8. surfninja

    Someone recently commented that it's getting harder and harder to tell the difference between actual political events and the fictional comedy events reported in the Onion. And the real events are actually funnier and more absurd than anything in the Onion but we can't laugh – because the future of our country is at stake. Cant' the Republicans find someone who's not a moron, a whacko, a recycled has-been, or a sock puppet for global corporations to run for President.??? Why is it that Richard Nixon looks like a knight in shining armor compared to the clown parade at these debates ???

    November 14, 2011 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  9. Greg_D

    What isn't mentioned is that maybe the Republicans do not want a Republican president right now. Right now Obama has $1 billion in funds for his campaign and the rest don't have that combined. The historical advantage is that the person with the most money has won 80% of the time. Also the press still loves Obama. The Republicans just don't have a statistical chance right now. Another reason the Republicans wouldn't want to win is Obama is all about himself. Some polls have him at 42%. He has a chance to lose so he is going to try to collect even more money. Obama is going to tap donors out that won't have the money for the smaller elections for congressional and various state seats using Obama's polls against the other Democrats. Remember Republicans ant less federal government so just saying no to big government is part of their old platform and that is good enough for them.

    November 14, 2011 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  10. Paul

    man the guy is a real sucker ... keep dreaming ... with this field, the GOP has secured three things for its future, the first is failure, the second is failure the third is .... gee,, can't remember ,,wait .. no, can't remember, woopps ... Good Luck, Alzheimer

    November 14, 2011 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  11. Aaron

    I predict and independent will jump in the race and foul things up. The Republicans aren't excited about the field of candidates the GOP has produced. Just weeks ago they were still begging people to jump in the race. The economy is in the tank and the country feels like it's on the skids which could spur an independent into taking action. Further, neither the Democrats or the Republicans are excited about their choice which could lead an independent into thinking they had a real chance. This will fracture someone's vote. This will steal votes from one camp or the other depending who the independent is. Left-leaning is bad for the democrats and vise verse. That's my prediction, anyway.

    November 14, 2011 04:22 am at 4:22 am |

    The beautiful thing about wingnuts is that they never see the end coming . They spout their lies with smug looks on their faces like Reince . He is one of the wingnuts who meekly stood by and said nothing last year as the teabaggers took over to blow wingnut Senate hopes in the primaries with Sharon Angle and Witch ODonnell. Now they are pushing Rick Bush,Herman(Where de white women at)Cain and Newt Gingrich. This is so funny .

    November 14, 2011 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  13. Mk54

    The Republican candidates are being vetted by a grueling process, but all seem to be bogged down. Some are just stuck in the mud, most seem to be in quicksand. The better we get to know them, the faster they sink.

    November 14, 2011 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  14. craig

    At this time I cannot conceive of any situation where the GOP will unify. Either the teaparty wing will prevail, and the moderates will do something else, or the moderates will prevail, and the teaparty gang will fight against them. They simply cannot find enough common ground, and although they both hate Obama, they won't come together.

    November 14, 2011 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  15. DBlaq

    This man lives in a bubble like most of the GOP. Instead of embracing the Occupiers, these idiots villified them. Hello? These are the same people who's votes you'll be begging for next year!!! Why do they have to be so divisive? How hard is it to say, "The Occupiers are real Americans with real problems and deserve an ear. I have come to tell them that during my presidency they will be heard." Why paint it as "Us against them"? It's as if they thrive off division.

    November 14, 2011 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Well duh! You have retreads, flip floppers, liers, cheaters, men who abuse women, men who ask for a divorce when your wife is fighting cancer, men who left congress in disgrace, clowns who hear god speaking to them, drunks or candidates on something or other.
    No solutions, no ideas, hearsay information and it's all about Obama bashing.

    November 14, 2011 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  17. george

    the more debates....the more idiotic repubs looks...

    November 14, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  18. TJeff1776

    Both the 1929 and 2008 economic crashes of the twentieth century were engineered by the Republican Party in power at the time. Presidents Hoover and Bush certainly didn't do it by themselves. In their bogus drive to "get government off our backs", in 2003 they removed nearly all government inspectors from wall street. There was nobody around to catch people like Madoff. Beyond all that, there still appears to be a stigma of "crash" hanging around the neck of the Republican Party. It is just NOT a coincidence that both crashes happened AFTER eight years of conser administrations. AND to top it ALL off we have bunches of conser running around the country re-writing history. According to them, its all Obama's fault- he has made it worse. Hogwash. It required ten years to get out of the Republican's 1929 crash AND the 2008 one was worse yet. IRONICALLY, the exact SAME Repubicans in congress
    in 2008 are running around Washington, and the country, lecturing America on the economy AND pointing the accusing finger at Obama. Sheeeeeesh....and some people even believe that garbage.

    November 14, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  19. Bernard Webb

    Priebus talks about the "fact" that republicans care about you no matter what your wealth is. This is not a "fact". It is a "lie". republicans serve the wishes and demands of super-rich people and big corporations while panderingt to ignotant home-schoolers and religious nuts. They offer nothing whatsoever for me or anyone like me.

    BTW, this guy is a TERRIBLE spokesman for the republican church. He looks and sounds sleazy and is a terrible liar. Is this the best they've got? Pathetic.

    November 14, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  20. Bernard Webb

    As I write this, there are 17 comments to this article. 16 of them are critical and disparaging of Priebus and the awful republican candidates. The 17th is from something called "AlaskaPalin" who uses Fox "News" talking points while declaring that "most Americans" prefer republican candidates.

    1 out of 17 is not "most". This comment encapsulates the blind loyalty and delusion that is at the heart of the republican church with its false dogma, false prophets, and false deities.

    November 14, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  21. Franny

    They have it hard (The GOP), because they refuse to take any blame, or resposibility for the mess this Nation is in, and it started long before President Obama took office.

    November 14, 2011 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  22. BEn275

    Don't care about the GOP. Obama is for me!

    November 14, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  23. Carlos Murphy

    Very Funny.

    Reganomics worked so well we almost elected Ross Perot the first time they tried it.

    We elected Barak Obama after it failed again for King George the second.

    As Rick Perry has shown, yes they want us to have jobs – jobs as servants.

    November 14, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  24. Al-NY,NY


    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.

    well..maybe it was fatty limpy, or the she-man Coulter, or Shamitty, or Levin, or any one of the many GOP shills who spout this drivel on a daily basis. Too bad "AlaskaPalin" (what a name...associating yourself with that ignoramous) beleives them like a good little sheepie. They spout, and he/she says "Yeah, that's right. Tell me more"

    November 14, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  25. Norm

    Hey let them put their money where their mouth is.
    Give me a good paying job BEFORE election time and you can have my vote.
    Pretty simple huh.....

    November 14, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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