By Kyle Balluck
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday said that despite a primary loss by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and a win by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the GOP is not divided “at all.”
Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said he thinks Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) outlined the challenges of a sitting majority leader well.
“It takes you out all over this country. It takes you out of your district. And pretty soon, that good work that you’re doing nationally …becomes a liability locally. I think it’s a local issue. And we all know what [former Speaker] Tip O’Neil had to say about local politics and I think that’s what this is,” Priebus said.
The RNC chairman said there is consensus among Republicans that the immigration system is broken.
“I think that if you Google Ted Cruz, you Google Rand Paul on immigration – what you’ll find is that even Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have been out there publicly calling for serious immigration reform. In fact Rand Paul on March 19th went to the Hispanic Chamber and said we need comprehensive immigration reform. Those are his words, not mine.”
Consensus on how to fix it, Priebus said, is another matter.
“And if Harry Reid says it’s my way or the highway, then well guess what? It’s not going to happen,” he said.
Priebus also stressed the need for Republicans to engage in minority communities.
“You can get the policy right all day belong. But if you don’t have the conduit in the community, on a long-term basis, if you don’t have Republicans and Hispanic and African American and Asian communities talking about the Republican Party, or nominee, etc., for four years, not just four months. You’re not going to improve in national elections,” he said.
Priebus predicted that the GOP majority in the House will grow, adding that Senate control is within reach.
“I think most people out there think we have a better than 50-50 chance of winning the U.S. senate. We’re doing about everything you need to do to keep winning. The fact is, we didn’t beat an incumbent president in 2012, we are winning everywhere else. The future is very solid. And I think this year is going to be a great year for our party.”
Turning to the release of Hillary Clinton’s memoir last week, Priebus said it did not serve well as a campaign rollout.
“Diane Sawyer ended up picking her apart. She said she was dead broke. She didn’t have any answers on Benghazi. Just a day earlier the White House said Hillary Clinton’s top accomplishment was that they decimated Al Qaeda,” he said.
“The Democrats have nobody behind Hillary Clinton, and if she keeps freefalling, she’s not going to be the nominee,” Priebus added.