March 20th, 2012
08:47 AM ET
11 years ago

Video: RNC chair weighs in on Santorum remark

(CNN) - Reince Priebus responded Tuesday to the controversy over Santorum's statement that he "doesn't care about the unemployment rate."

"I think that Rick Santorum's right," Priebus said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

"This election is about big things. It's about liberty and freedom and we've got the two-year anniversary of Obamacare that's coming. This is another promise that Barack Obama made that prices would go down and access would go up, and in reality we all know that actually prices are going up, companies are taking waivers that Obamacare isn't what everyone thought it would be, in fact it's the opposite."


Filed under: Reince Priebus • Rick Santorum
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. coy4one

    You know, the unemployed don't care about Obamacare! They don't care about contraceptives! They don't care about your values or anything like that...All they care about is getting a job and if your campaigns are centered around all this other stuff, then you can kiss Obama right back into the White House. Have you checked to see how many are unemployed lately? Looks like a big voting block to me....

    March 20, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. ShawnDH

    It's sort of amazing (but not surprising) that this creep's idea of "freedom" is legislating his narrow and twisted "morals" into law to oppress the entire nation with his government intrusion into all our lives.

    March 20, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Nobodies Pon

    Way to spin it to Obamacare that has noting to do with unemployment. Rick is a democrat because everytime these guys open their mouth their foot just goes right in .

    March 20, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. A. Goodwin

    Bigger things than unemployment? Wow. They are really going to find it hard to "sell" people on the idea that they should vote for a GOPer because of social issues rather than I dont know...having a job and putting food on the table. Yes, debating abortion, contraception and anything else is such a worthy use of our time.....(eyes rolling).

    March 20, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Get real

    No, it's much worse than everyone thought it would be. Obamacare is, in reality, like totalitarian regime care. Remember, a lot of people were not for Obamacare. If it weren't for bribes it would not have passed. If the Supreme Court lets it stand it will be another nail in the coffin of liberty. "Two nations (the workers and the freeloaders), not under God, divided, no liberty, and no justice for all." Is anyone pledging allegiance?

    March 20, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Once again you have Priebus misstating facts. I swear that guy rubs me the wrong way. And the RNC got rid of Michael Steele for this clown?!?!?

    March 20, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. GI Joe.

    In all actuallity, we DON'T all know --- or believe --- the crap the republican spin machine is trying to sell us.

    March 20, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. Rosslaw

    Reince Priebus says that Obama hasn't kept his "promise" to make prices go down but this piece of work pretends at the same time to want government out of the economy. Preibus would be in trouble with selling a completely conflictijng message but for his audience.

    March 20, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. enuff

    Romney doesn't care about the poor; Santorum doesn't care about the unemployed. Yet, if the unemployment figures go up or stay the same, they pounce on Obama. what a bunch of dueling idiots.

    March 20, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. James

    All you ever talk about is freedom rick... freedom is sooo important. freedom is my number one priority.... yet you want to tell women they cant take birth control. that women should be in the damn kitchen cooking food raising kids and stop being selfish for wanting to work...... where is the freedom in that? how is telling people how to live even if its by your stupid gods rules freedom? take all that crap your shovelling and jamb it in your ass! your such a chauvinist pig you give all us men a bad name!

    March 20, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Preibus is spinning a history rewrite. Throughout the Bush years we saw a relentless increase in health care costs and a corresponding rise in health insurance costs. During the health care debate, insurers predicted that insurance would skyrocket. After the law was passed, insurers fulfilled their own prophecy and tried to raise rates by as much as 40-60% in some cases. The new health care law was used to stopped insurers from imposing those exorbitant increases.

    March 20, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. sonny chapman

    Repubs. don't care about the Unemployment Number ? This is news ?

    March 20, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. IDEAS and IDEALS not ideologies

    This is the reason that President Obama is leading all the GOP field in national polls. In all honesty, the RNC Chairman means to tell contraception, fighting for the rich to pay no taxes, and getting all Puerto Ricans to stop speaking spanish is more important than providing well paid jobs to Americans.....(Shaking my head while walking away)

    March 20, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Orwell proven

    At the GOP madrassa big problems are being solved.
    Tax breaks and credits for rich
    Women back to property
    Eliminate seperation of church and state
    Eliminate govt intervention and start war with Iran
    Bigger star wars program and brand new nukes
    Wipe out dissent
    Lower minimum wage

    March 20, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Sorensen

    Nobody listens to whatever Mr. Prairiebus has to say about anything. He is one of the biggest mistakes the GOP has
    made in a long time. They should have kept Michael Steele. He was about 100 times more intelligent.

    March 20, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Zenfire

    Rick Santorum will drag the Republican Party to the depths of the ocean stabbing it with his last breath! Santorum is Captain Ahab!

    March 20, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. fatboy14

    What else can Reince Priebus say? Could he really come out and say that Rick Santorum's comment that he "doesn't care about the unemployment rate" was unwise? As RNC Chair, he is not allowed to throw any of our candidates under the bus – no matter how ridiculous some of the statements that they make are.

    March 20, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. KJD

    More ducking and dodging by Republicans. Two years ago it was 10% unemployment is going to sink POTUS. Now...the unemployment rate doesn't matter. And what's worse is that the Republican party by in large doesn't realize that they are being "had" by their leaders.

    March 20, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. king

    Hey who didn't know that the repubs didn't care about jobs, hell they allow 8 million of them to go down the drain the year Obama took office, they've blocked rebuilding infrastructure, they've blocked almost every thing this president tries to do to improve the economy. They've pushed against allowing the American automobile to have more gas mileage, they've blocked the keystone oil pipeline to deliver oil in America. Their is not one policy these repubs pubs are pushing that would work, their pushing money to the rich and deregulate large corporations to unleash their greed on volunable Americans, have failed time and time again, yet they keep pushing their trickle down theoryies

    March 20, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    As usual, the republican bafoons don't know what the real issue is. Jobs and the economy and not the phony issues they come up with ,republican propaganda will lead to a well deserved Dem landslide in Nov, thanks teaparty clowns.

    March 20, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Republicans admitting they do not care about people without jobs. I am shocked, shocked I say, to find out this previously hidden gem. I know it is a big surprise to everyone else as well.

    Lets add that to the list of things Republicans don't care about. Women, public educastion, minorities, the homeless, the handicapped, the poor, the middle class (except during an election year), the elderly and American workers.

    What do they care about? Their wallets, other really rich people (except for Warren Buffett)----Dang, that is about it, isn't it.

    March 20, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    and if President Obama had said the SAME thing I bet the house money Priebus would be slamming him and on the attack. Just think if Obama had said something like' he wasn't concerned about the poor" good ol' Priebus would be attacking him on that as well. But what do you expect of a guy with a name like Reince Priebus?? Has anybody checked his birth certificate by the way yet?

    March 20, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Dan from Tx

    "Obamacare isn't what everyone thought it would be, in fact it's the opposite."
    True that! Most expected the Democrats to come up with a plan... hopefully including a single-payer system.
    Nobody expected him to pass the Republican-corporatist mandate plan with hopes of bipartisanship. UGH!

    March 20, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    The Democrats offer liberty and freedom and the GOP want to destroy our civil liberties and personal rights.

    March 20, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Art

    What is this serious? So what is the GOP's point against Obama, just religious freedom and Obamacare? Also ask there base whether they care about people being out of work!

    March 20, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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