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September 3rd, 2012
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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on Dem Convention: President Clinton will help GOP

It's not just Democrats descending on Charlotte, NC this week for the Democratic National Convention. Republicans are setting up an aggressive response operation, and they'll be focusing on the key question: Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus talks with Soledad about the GOP 'response team' this morning on "Starting Point and says they'll be ready with facts to counter Democrat claims. The party will be setting up shop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, with between 50-75 representatives who will be 'ready to respond to everything that the Democrats say," Priebus says.

"The facts are that fewer people are employed today, the debt is more out of control than it ever was in the history of this country, the President didn't cut the deficit in half like he promised," Priebus says. "We're worse off."

Soledad asks him of former President Bill Clinton's presence at the Democratic National Convention will do damage to the GOP message if he argues that he handed off to President Bush a surplus, and the person who took us through wars was Bush.

"The problem that Obama has with Bill Clinton is that Obama is not your daddy's Democrat. He's not a mainstream Democrat like Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton worked with both sides of the aisle. Bill Clinton was able to get things done," Priebus says. "I think Bill Clinton is actually going to help us because he's going to illustrate to the American people that Barack Obama is not Bill Clinton. Barack Obama made everything worse. He wasn't able to work with anybody on the other side of the aisle, he didn't show leadership and he didn't fulfill the fundamental promises he made in '08."

Priebus also adds that he thought Clint Eastwood's speech to the Republican National Convention where he pretended to talk to President Obama in an empty chair was "great." "At the end of the day, it was Clint Eastwood telling the American people Barack Obama didn't fulfill his promises and Barack Obama has to go," he says.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Democratic National Convention • GOP
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  1. Sorry Soledad

    Gee, wonder which candidate Soledad will vote for? Thsi interview says it all, She and CNN are a joke in terms of non-bias reporting - no way the DNC chair gets that BS line of questioning and badgering. Would be nice if CNN could behave like professionals and actually report news rather try to steer its course.

    September 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Why, why, why don't they bring up the Pelosi/Reid impact during Bush's term. Things were fine until they took over control of Congress. That's when things went to hell.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply

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