April 20th, 2012
08:21 PM ET
10 years ago

RNC chair waiting to back Romney ‘out of respect’

(CNN) – The chairman of the Republican National Committee said Friday he was holding off on naming Mitt Romney the presumptive GOP presidential nominee out of respect for the two long shot candidates still running for the spot.

Reince Priebus said on CNN’s “John King U.S.A.” the delegate math that overwhelmingly favors Romney isn’t enough to declare an end to the contest.

Asked by CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin why he wasn’t yet supporting Romney, Priebus said “I think out of respect and deference to Congressman Paul and Speaker Gingrich."

He continued, “We're still talking to all the candidates. We have a little bit of different deal here. We've got to follow some rules. I think also just like I said, out of respect for them it's important for us to continue talking and just making sure that we're moving slowly, we're communicating with all the campaigns obviously.”

Filed under: Reince Priebus • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    More RNC PR BS

    April 20, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. dnick47

    I am really beginning to think that there is a probablility that the unheard of (for Republicans at least) could happen: a no holds barred floor fight. If Gingrich decides to duke it out (a very real probability – I'd guess 85% – unless he's brought off) the whoppie damn Republican might reseamble a Democratic convention – say the one in 1968. – becoming a street brawl. I ccannot see many real evangencels backing a Mormon for anything (Fawell is not and never has been a real evangencial) let alone President of the United States because the divinity of Jesus and the closing of Scripture with The Book of Reveleation are very specific (and the curse very damning) that it end here not with Joseph Smith. Additionally, I cannot believe the Party moderates (sneeringly refered to as "Country Club Republicans" allowing the Teabaggers and other off the wall right wing nut groups to completely take over the Party without some sort of fight. The Party of Lincoln and such stalwarts as Hatch, Dole, Stenison, and other is fast becoming the party of delusional lunatics – and that is sad.

    April 20, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. Tina

    They need to step back and allow Mr Romney opportunity to represent the Republican party

    April 20, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Anita

    The catapillar clown just crawled another inch backwards!

    April 20, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Josh

    Well good for him. Much better take on it than a lot of the media's and Romney's views. A lot can still happen and a lot of independents like me who aren't impressed with Obama aren't impressed with Romney either.

    April 20, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Alex

    CNN ignores Ron Paul while Ron Paul draws crowds of thousands of people at each stop he shows up to. Far more than Mitt Romney.

    April 20, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    If I was the flip flopper I would quit right now but there's nobody left to lose in November. Nobody in the party wants him to run for president and they are now stuck with him and have to pretend they really, really like him.
    Dick Morris on March 20 stated that he was sure that the conservative rethugs would never accept this guy as their candidate. Flip to April 11 where Morris was not saying that this guy is the best guy for the job.
    Even the bimbo from AK says that the people around him are the ones to guide him through the process. I was VERY surprised that she used the word "inherently" correctly in a sentence though.

    April 20, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. BK

    I guess I can see why they pity the others still running.

    April 20, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Ron Paul

    Ron Paul baby!

    April 20, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Wake up people

    Yeah right. Isn't this guy his biggest cheerleader? They don't really want Robmey, they just don't want the black guy in the White House.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 20, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Dem landslides coming and the teapublicans can't stop it,CNN keeps pushing this joke primary just to get all that lax money .

    April 20, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. enuff

    An easy way of saying "you can't blame me."

    April 20, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. NotFooledByDistractions

    Oh man...this is the biggest bull crap excuse I've heard yet!!

    I thought Louie Gohmert had the best non-endorsement of the week when he said..."If you’re not sure about whether to support Mitt Romney, whether you’re liberal of whether you’re conservative, you ought to be excited, because he’s been on your side at one time or another”. Yep, his party loves him. Which poor sap do you think is going to be saddled with being his vp nominee? Whoever it is, she/he can kiss his political future good bye right after accepting the nomination.

    April 21, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    A lot of coverage here in the video on the hispanic vote got lost in the " full post" .
    Republicans may as well think they can jump accross the grand canyon as win the hispanic vote in 2012 or even narrow the gap substantially.
    " out of respect " to Gingrich and Paul thats BS they want all money behind Romney thats all.

    April 21, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  15. mk1

    Like the rest of the GOP, Priebus doesn't have a clue what the meaning of respect is.

    April 21, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  16. Thomas

    What a Greasy looking guy .

    Dose anybody remember Rattso Rizzo in the Midnight Cowboy ?

    Reince Priebus and Ted Nugent should act in Midnight Cowboy #2

    April 21, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  17. Major Pita

    Sure, they keep telling themselves that. It's really more that the GOP is in a state of denial (face to palm).

    April 21, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |

    The Rove wingnuts are frozen in terror. They live by the polls and the American people are waking up to the lies they were fed in 2010 and by Republickkklans now. Mitt McCain scares them to death but they can't stop him.

    April 21, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  19. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Ah, yes. The Afterthought of the Republican party speaks out.

    April 21, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  20. Alex

    Since when doe the GOP have respect for anyone or anything?

    April 21, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  21. anon-i-mouse

    Also, they don't like Romney, so are just dying inside trying to come to grips with having to back him.

    April 21, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It has to be hard to admit that your candidate against President Obama is a personhood, anti social security, anti worker, lying POS.

    April 21, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  23. Marlee

    He ought to pause for women seeing as they only have token representation.

    April 21, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |