Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown on Wednesday to discuss his recent assertions that the Republican Party was on the verge of a huge victory in this year’s midterms. Speaking with Chuck Todd, Priebus first tried to tone down his rhetoric from the previous few days and better explain himself. His purpose appeared to be an effort to explain the party’s improved ‘ground game’ and how they’ve made strides in improving data collection. However, the interview will be remembered for an extremely silly and unbelievable comment he made.
During a discussion on the Republican Party’s message, Priebus pushed back on the notion that the GOP’s strategy in the midterm and state elections ends up hurting the party during Presidential elections. After Todd read a quote from a Democratic strategist saying the GOP can do no wrong in midterm elections but nothing right in Presidential ones, Priebus made the following statement:
“I mean, the fact of the matter is Mitt Romney won on the message. He won on jobs, he won on the economy, he won on the question of, ‘Who do you actually think would make a better president?‘ But where he lost was on the question of, ‘Who cares about you?'”
Here’s the video of the whole segment:
Ummm, what?!?! Did Reince Priebus just suggest that American voters actually wanted Mitt Romney as President in 2012 but just decided not to vote for him? That is just a crazy statement. Priebus does realize that Romney LOST in 2012, right? Basically, the winner of a Presidential election is the one that the majority of voters believe will make the better President.
Priebus will probably come out in the next day or two and say he ‘misspoke’ or was just ‘inarticulate.’ He’ll also likely say that he was right on the basic point that Romney was seen as the better choice on jobs and the economy than Obama and that Obama only won because he seemed more empathetic. Of course, that isn’t really true. Exit polls from the 2012 election show that voters were pretty much evenly split when asked which candidate was better on economic issues. Obama was far ahead on issues like Medicare and empathy. A large majority of voters also felt that Romney’s policies would greatly favor the rich.
Recently, Priebus has been displaying an air of overconfidence heading into this year’s midterms, likely due to the special election results last week in Florida’s 13th District. On Tuesday, the RNC head said that the GOP was looking at a ‘tsunami’ in November and that the party would pick up seats in the House as well as take over the Senate. Apparently, he also feels audacious enough to proclaim that Romney was actually the choice of the American public in 2012 and somehow they just mistakenly voted for Barack Obama. I really have to wonder how this man is still the head of the RNC.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).