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Priebus: 'Not Easy to Defeat' Obama

Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 07:43 AM

By Greg McDonald

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In the face of new polls showing Barack Obama widening his lead over Mitt Romney in key battleground states, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus acknowledged Tuesday it won't be easy to defeat the president.
 
"It's not easy to defeat an incumbent," Priebus told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "But I believe that if we keep talking about these issues and give this country a choice between two futures, I think over time, four debates, two jobs reports coming out, I think we're going to be able to make an effective case to the American people."
 
Priebus made the comments as a barrage of new polls were released on the race in several key states, one showing Obama with a double-digit lead in the crucial state of Ohio.
 
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The comments also came as some conservative Republicans continued to complain about how Romney's campaign is being run, suggesting he needs to be more aggressive and more specific about what he would do as president.
 
The chairman, however, disputed criticism from both within and outside the party that Romney has spoken only in generalities about his plans to fix the economy and other problems facing the nation.
 
"The idea that there's no specific plan is totally bogus, and, I got to tell you, it's pretty simple," Priebus said. "I mean, the Romney-Ryan plan to save this country, it can be broken down into five quick points.
 
"Number one, end Obamacare. Number two, reduce spending as it relates to GDP. So in other words, it costs 25 cents on the dollar to run the federal government. Huge. Immediately start reducing that 25 cents on the dollar down to 20. Reduce small business taxes from 35 percent down to 25 percent," he continued.
 
"Cut income taxes across the board by 20 percent. And get going on the Keystone pipeline and energy from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Alaska. Five simple points, specific," Priebus insisted.
 
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He also used his appearance on the Van Susteren program to continue the Republican attack on  the president's response to anti-American violence in the Middle East. He said GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was right to say, "It reminds you of 1979 Tehran," a reference to the Iranian hostage crisis that many believe cost Jimmy Carter the presidency.
 
"It is akin to Jimmy Carter of 1979," Priebus said. "And it's akin to it because there is a lack of leadership in the White House. He has not been able to take control of any of these situations going on overseas."

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