RNC's Priebus: 'Are You Better Off Than Before Obama?'

Sunday, 05 Jun 2011 07:09 PM

By Henry J. Reske and Ashley Martella

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President Barack Obama’s re-election bid will be undone by an American public asking itself whether it is better off today than it was when Obama came into office, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tells Newsmax.TV.

During an interview at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, Priebus said he feels “great about the [GOP] field and how it’s shaping out” despite polls showing more than 40 percent of Republicans are dissatisfied with the contenders to date. The current crop of candidates is pushing the debate about “what this president is doing in this country,” he said.

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“The reality is the first question Americans are going to ask . . . is, are they better off today than they were three or four years ago,” he said. “If the answer to that is no, this president is going to have a very, very difficult time winning reelection.

"You add on to that our jobs market is in the tank, he’s done nothing to cut this deficit, he’s done nothing to curb spending other than spend more money. I think that Americans around this country are very concerned about that and I don’t see how he can possibly win reelection with our economy in the direction that it’s going.”

Priebus, who has been working to rebuild donor networks since taking over the RNC job from Michael Steele and dig out from $20 million in debt, said the committee is up for fighting an Obama re-election campaign that might raise $1 billion.

“But the reality is I think this president is going to need more than a billion dollars to try to pull the wool over the American people’s eyes,” he said.

Priebus also defended Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to remake Medicare into a voucher program.

“Medicare will be broke in nine years . . . So the president’s proposal, the Democrats' proposals when it comes to Medicare is to do nothing but to do everything they can to scare seniors against the one plan that’s on the table that would actually save Medicare for seniors and put it on a sustainable path for the future.”

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