Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday he'd rather the party's presidential nominee face off against Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonEllison holds edge in DNC race Democrats face fierce urgency of 2018 FEC commissioner: 'I will not be silenced' MORE than Bernie SandersBernie SandersA guide to the committees: Senate Ellison holds edge in DNC race Rep. John Lewis: Ellison is 'right person' to lead DNC MORE.
“It's a tough call, but I always like the known commodity,” Priebus said on “The John Gibson Show.”
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that Vice President Biden would have been a much tougher Democratic candidate to beat than Clinton, a statement he originally made in August.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.