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RNC Chair Preibus on NY 26 and the Presidential Debates

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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was on the show Thursday and provided analysis of NY 26, plus this update on the GOP presidential debates being organized by the RNC:

HH: [H]as that field agreed to the debate outlines that you and the Committee are working on?

RP: Yeah, we’ve made great progress, Hugh. And we are about to make some announcements on our sanctioning of debates starting in August. So we’ve got one debate that we have agreed to sanction in August, and we’re working on September and October and November. We’re going to announce all of it in one bloc. But as you know, our plan is to try to put together a diverse field of debates that include not just mainstream media, but also personalities like, perhaps, like for example, even, maybe, people like yourself.

HH: Hey, my phone hasn’t rung yet. I’d be happy to do that. By all means.

RP: We want to put together a series of debates that we sanction that allow our grassroots voters, our primary voters, the opportunity to examine these candidates, and not just so much surrender the entire primary process to people who are in the business of making news, pitting our candidates against each other, only to use all of that footage, and all of these debates in order to defeat our candidate. You know, my objective every single day is to make sure that Barack Obama is a one-term president. And so every decision we make has to be okay, so we’re going to do this debate, this debate, this debate, and this debate, so how does doing all of this actually help us get to a place of defeating this president? And that’s the lens that we have to have.

HH: If you pull that off, Chairman Priebus, whether or not you do it with me, and of course, it would be better if you did it with me…

RP: (laughing)

HH: And you get someone to actually pose a question, if we don’t do anything, Candidate X, Medicare will be broken in 11 years, just that will be one of the most significant contributions ever made by a party to clarity and redefining this debate. So good luck, and I look forward to that announcement.

The complete transcript is here.


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