GOP chairman: Would rather face Clinton than Sanders

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday he'd rather the party's presidential nominee face off against Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonUK vote triggers talks with US Clinton stretches lead over Trump to 14 points in national poll Former Treasury Secretary Paulson will vote for Clinton MORE than Bernie SandersBernie SandersClinton warning about 'accessible' email adds fuel to controversy Dem convention co-chair: End superdelegates, caucuses Sanders: We are working with Clinton campaign MORE.

“It's a tough call, but I always like the known commodity,” Priebus said on “The John Gibson Show.” 

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“The deal with Hillary is that she is stuck in a ditch and people are lining up behind her like drones, at least as of recently,” he said of the Democratic front-runner. “And now, they're looking at those numbers, they're not moving. She's not well-liked. And people are saying, ‘Well now, what are we going to do.’ ”

Priebus said he also believes Sanders would be “fairly easy to beat as well.”

Sanders has been surging in the last two weeks. He’s gaining on Clinton in Iowa, according to polls, and has held an edge in New Hampshire.

In a Monmouth University survey of New Hampshire released Tuesday, Sanders won 53 percent support compared to Clinton's 39 percent. In November's version of the poll, Clinton was ahead, with 48 percent to Sanders's 45 percent. 

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Sanders leads in the state by 6.2 points. 

Priebus also argued that Vice President Biden would have been a much tougher Democratic candidate to beat than Clinton, a statement he originally made in August

“He's much more difficult because he's likable, at least most of the time, and he doesn't have the baggage that Hillary has,” he said, referring to the FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State.

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