"Look, it's not up to Rush Limbaugh to decide who ought to be in the Republican Party," Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) said during an appearance on MSNBC.
Price said that the GOP was "without a doubt" broad enough to hold both Limbaugh and former Secretary of State Colin Powell -- the latter of which supported President Obama's presidential campaign despite having worked in the Bush administration.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney snubbed Powell in a recent interview, saying he'd choose Limbaugh's GOP over Powell's.
"I'm an arms-open guy. I want folks all across this land who believe in the fundamental American principles that we embrace to join us and move forward in a positive way as opposed to the kind of exclusive decision that we so often see in Washington," Price said, calling the Republicans' internal squabbles "counterproductive."