RNC Chair Reince Priebus joined me on the show this morning to bring me (an the audience) up to speed on the campaign for the White House and –crucially– the campaign to keep the Senate and House in GOP hands:
HH: Joined now by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Chairman Priebus, I’m just back from two weeks in Europe. Anything happen when I was gone?
RP: (laughing) Yeah, well, you know, it all ends well. It all ended pretty well, and we’re on to a better place, I think. And so we had a good week last week, and Paul Ryan and Donald Trump met, and it went about as well as anyone could hope for. So now we start a new day today. Welcome back.
HH: Well, then let me ask you, Reince Priebus, about the Daily Beast today has a story by Betsy Woodruff that begins, “How Donald Trump Trapped the Republican National Committee.” That’s the headline.
RP: Oh, trying to see that…
HH: And it says, “For years, the Republican Party has been developing talking points and strategic tactics to use against Hillary Clinton, and one by one, Donald Trump seems to be rendering them useless.” What do you think?
RP: I didn’t even hear. Can you repeat that?
HH: Sure. “For years, the Republican Party has been developing talking points and strategic tactics to use against Hillary Clinton, and one by one, Donald Trump seems to be rendering them useless.”
RP: Yeah, I don’t even know what that means. I mean, obviously, Hillary Clinton’s got her problems, and that’s why she’s in the ditch. And quite frankly, I think people across the country are angry, and they want something done, and they’re going to have a choice to make between someone who’s made their entire life off of politics and making millions upon millions of dollars from politics, or an outsider that’s never run for office before and is a businessman, and that’s Donald Trump. And so I don’t know, I happen to think that she’s got a lot of problems in that battle, and you see it across the country. While you were gone, there was a poll that came out much to the shock of, I’m sure, people like this writer, that showed Donald Trump ahead in Ohio against Hillary Clinton, tied in Florida and tied in Pennsylvania. So I’m not really sure what she’s talking about. I haven’t read the article. I might read it, I guess, but I might not. Who knows? Continue Reading