RNC head: Trump 'tapped into something'
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said on Thursday that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE is offering his party’s voters a breath of fresh air.

“Donald Trump has tapped into something where people are tired of the veneer of the plasticized politics that we get,” Priebus told hosts Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day.”

“People are gravitating to that,” he said. “I’ve had great conversations with Donald Trump. I think he wants to be the Republican nominee.”

“He knows that if Hillary Clinton is going to be beat or Joe Biden is going to be beat, it’s going to be by a Republican,” Priebus added.

Priebus’s remarks come as the GOP prepares for its first 2016 presidential debates on Thursday.

Trump is headlining the party’s main stage debate against nine other contenders on Fox News that night.

Priebus said on Thursday morning that the large Republican field is drawing unprecedented attention toward this election cycle’s televised debates.

“We’re probably going to have 12 to 15 million people tuning in to watch a Republican-only debate in August,” he said. “It’s going to be a great night.”

Priebus rejected claims that the RNC is acting unfairly by splitting the debate field into two events based on average national polling numbers.

“For the most part, people have been thrilled about what we’ve done,” he said.

“We’re not a staging organization,” Priebus said of the RNC. “We’re still putting on a production that people feel they can watch.”

“If people want me to violate FEC laws and dictating what networks can and can’t do with their airtime, I’m just not willing to do it.”